Pediatric Otolaryngology is an area within General Otolaryngology that sub-specializes in the care of children who have complex problems with the ears, nose, or throat. The sub-specialty allows for certain advanced surgical procedures or medical management in children with unique problems of the head and neck, or to address common problems in medically complex or very young children.
Pediatric Otolaryngology works closely with Kidnetics, a department of Children’s Hospital that provides therapeutic services on an inpatient and outpatient basis for children throughout upstate South Carolina.
The Kidnetics speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat children with a broad range of speech and communication disorders. These therapists specialize in feeding disorders, oral motor dysfunction, dysphagia, apraxia, autism and other sensory-based communication disorders, fluency disorders, voice disorders, social/pragmatics disorders, auditory and language processing disorders, augmentative communication, and articulation/phonological disorders.
Kidnetics therapists also work with children who have a variety of feeding disorders, including breastfeeding issues. Children with feeding difficulties are assessed by an occupational therapist and/or speech pathologist, looking at both the oral/motor and sensory components that are impacting their feeding. Certified speech pathologists provide Vital Stim/NMES (neuromuscular electrical stimulation) and traditional approaches for swallowing and feeding disorders. If there is a concern about swallowing safely, one of the therapists can perform a modified barium swallow study with the GHS Radiology Department or FEES (fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing) with a pediatric ENT.