Child Life specialists ensure the well-being of our patients.

Pediatric Speech-Language Therapy

Our team of speech-language pathologists work with patients from birth to age 18. We evaluate and treat children who have medically-based difficulty with feeding and swallowing, as well as cognitive communication changes. We work closely with our patients and their families to provide a positive experience at the hospital.

Goals of Inpatient Speech-Language Pathology Services

  • Create a safe and effective feeding plan that the patient and family can continue at home

  • Identify cognitive-communication changes and the need for speech therapy

  • Determine if a patient with a tracheostomy is able to use a speaking valve

Individuals Who May Benefit From Speech Therapy

  • Traumatic injuries (Link to Emergency Care)

  • Cardiopulmonary disorders (link to Pulmonary Care)

  • Neurological disorders (link to Neurology)

  • Premature birth (link to Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine)

  • Cleft Lip and Palate (Link to plastics)

  • Airway and Tracheostomy patients (Link to pulmonary and ENT)


We serve all floors of UNC Children’s Hospital, including the following specialty areas:

  • Pulmonary Care (link to Pulmonary Care)

  • Ear, Nose and Throat (link to Ear, Nose and Throat)

  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (link to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)

  • Trauma (link to Emergency Care)

  • Newborn Critical Care Center (link to Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine)

  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (Link to Critical care)

  • Special Infant Care Clinic (link to Special infant care clinic)

Feeding Team

Find comprehensive evaluations and personalized interventional treatments to help your child get the nutrition s/he needs from UNC Children’s multidisciplinary feeding team. Visit their website to learn more.

Family-Centered Care

Your family is important to us. During speech sessions, we will include you in your child’s plan of care. We believe you play a large role in your child’s recovery.

Contact Us

If your child is inpatient and you have questions about our child life offerings, please ask your nurse

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