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Center for Communication Enhancement Program | Overview

The Center for Communication Enhancement (CCE) — part of the #1-ranked Boston Children's Hospital by U.S. News & World Report — provides expert care for children with a variety of communication differences. 

Patients and families come to us for problems affecting hearing, balance, speech production, language processing, voice quality, feeding, swallowing, and more. Through our specialty programs and services, we offer diagnostic assessments, recommendations, and care plans for the full range of communication issues.

Our team of audiologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and psychologists work closely with families to find manageable and effective solutions for their child’s communication concerns. Our goal with every patient is to provide the care and services that will help them reach their full potential.

To this end, the Center for Communication Enhancement is made up of the following specialty programs:

Why choose the Center for Communication Enhancement?

Families travel from across New England and around the world to receive their care from our expert providers. We are on the cutting edge of management of hearing loss, speech and language disorders, and other problems affecting communication, balance, and swallowing. We specialize in treating children with common to complex communication difficulties and the technologies that can improve a child’s capacity to communicate. We work with the following communication and speech disorders:

  • children with syndromes affecting hearing, motor control or intellect
  • children who require picture boards or tablet computers to communicate
  • children who have difficulty with balance following a concussion
  • children who communicate with sign language and have social or psychological problems
  • children who avoid eating foods because they don’t like the texture or taste
  • children with autism spectrum disorder who struggle to communicate effectively
  • children who are not able to produce speech clearly
  • children who cannot tolerate certain sounds, such as chewing or breathing

Our expertise

The number of patients we serve speaks for itself. With over 38,000 visits and over 19,000 unique patients per year, we have deep experience treating a wide variety of communication differences. At the same time, we pride ourselves on providing personalized care tailored to each patient’s needs. This is possible because we have one of the largest multidisciplinary pediatric teams in the country, made up of providers certified in their areas of expertise.  

Patients whose conditions involve multiple specialties benefit from Boston Children’s extensive resources. For instance, we collaborate closely with Boston Children’s Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement, Department of Pediatric Radiology, and inpatient care teams. Our audiologists work closely with otolaryngologists to manage hearing differences. Our speech-language pathologists collaborate with occupational therapists to find augmentative communication solutions for children with motor control challenges. We also work closely with Boston Children’s Down Syndrome Program, Autism Spectrum Center, Developmental Medicine Center, and Cleft and Craniofacial Center.

Research and innovations

Our specialists and researchers are actively engaged in investigating ways to improve care for a wide range of communication disorders. For instance, our audiology team is currently investigating the challenges created by deafness in one ear and pioneering assessment and treatment for children with single-sided deafness. Please visit our program pages for more examples of our current research.