Center for Communication Enhancement
Tour the Center for Communication Enhancement
In 2006, the Department of Otolaryngology opened an expanded Center for Communication Enhancement (CCE). Located on the second floor of Boston Children's Hospital at Waltham, the center provides care for children and adolescents with hearing, voice and speech disorders in a spacious, kid-friendly environment.
The main reception area is a comfortable space designed to keep children entertained. In addition to hands-on activities, there's kid-friendly wall art and a flat-panel television.
To maximize efficiency, exam rooms are organized in a "pod" configuration. Each pod consists of three exam rooms and a clinician work area and provides privacy for patients.
Back Reception Area
More fun awaits your child here in the CCE's back reception area. In addition to more hands-on activities, there's a booth with a dancing clown, which was rescued from an arcade.
Preparing Your Child
A doctor's appointment can be a frightening experience for a child. Sometimes explaining what is going to happen during the visit can help put them at ease. With this in mind, we've designed three activities to help prepare your child for their visit.
The Walk from Parking to Reception
This gallery includes 15 photographs to help your child become familiar with the different areas of the hospital he or she will see as you make your way from the parking lot to the CCE clinic. View as a web presentation or a printable pdf file.
This fun matching game includes eight photographs of interesting things your child will see as you make your way from the parking lot to the CCE clinic. View as a web presentation or download this printable pdf file.
Gallery of Wall Art
Artwork provides a pleasant distraction for children and allows them to focus on something other than their appointment. Colorful artwork can be found throughout the Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement clinic. Open the gallery...
Preparing Your Child for a Visit to the Autism Language Program (ALP)
Children with autism are much like their peers in their need to anticipate and comprehend events that unfold during the course of their day. However, communication difficulties may make it harder for children with autism to prepare for a disruption, such as a trip to a doctor's appointment.
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