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Hearing and Speech

Children’s pediatric hearing and speech specialists provide diagnostic, treatment, and group therapy services for children with audiology (hearing) and communication disorders. Because these problems can affect a child’s development, we emphasize early diagnosis and early intervention.

The division’s care team includes renowned experts in the field and – one of our most celebrated team members – Elle the therapy dog. Elle (a standard poodle) and handler Sheela Stuart, PhD, (our Dept. Director and a Speech-Language Pathologist) work together to help patients especially, those who use augmentative and alternative communication devices (AAC).

Specialized Care for Kids
Children develop speech, language, and hearing skills at different times, but children usually reach defined milestones by a certain age. You should speak with your child’s physician when there are concerns about your child’s hearing or speech, and if any of the following occur:
  • An infant does not move or jump in response to a loud sound
  • An infant does not babble or make sounds by the age of 9 months
  • A child does not respond to sounds
  • A child has a poor voice quality
  • A child does not say any words by the age of 18 to 24 months (by the age of 2)
  • A child does not follow simple commands by the age of 2
  • Stuttering continues past the age of 5
Our comprehensive evaluation services include screenings for age-appropriate hearing, speech, and language milestones; hearing tests for newborns, infants and children; testing for hearing loss in babies; and evaluations of feeding/swallowing conditions.

We can also help patients and families with the management of hearing loss, and provide assistance with hearing aids, cochlear implants, and other assistive devices.

Helpful Information for Parents

Many conditions affect the development of your child’s speech, language and hearing. Follow this link for more information on conditions, milestones, treatment, and testing related to hearing and speech.
Multidisciplinary Programs
Many of our division specialists are part of programs that involve staff from several divisions at Children’s National. They coordinate treatment for patients with complex conditions or treatments requiring multispecialty care, such as: Language Services
Translator services are available and Bilingual Spanish/English language services are offered at our Scottish Rite Center.


Our services are offered at 7 locations around the DC area:  
Children’s National Medical Center – Sheikh Zayed Campus (Main Location)
111 Michigan Ave NW, Suite 1250
Washington, DC 20010
Phone:  (202) 476-5600

Children’s National Specialists of Virginia
3023 Hamaker Court, Suite 300, Third Floor
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone:  (571) 226-8380/ 1-800-787-0467

Shady Grove, Montgomery County, MD
9850 Key West Ave
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone:  (301) 424-1755

Spring Valley, DC
4900 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
Phone:  (202) 745-8860

Laurel Lakes, Prince George County, MD
13922 Baltimore Ave, Suite 4A
Laurel, MD 20707
Phone:  (301) 369-4100

Upper Marlboro, Prince George County, MD
9440 Pennsylvania Ave, Suite 210
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Phone:  (301) 868-5777

Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Disorders
1630 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone:  (202) 745-2000

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