Children’s Clinic Articles

From the Clinic (April 2018)

posted Apr 10, 2018, 5:50 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Max is an athletic, easygoing nine year old boy who has been attending the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic to remediate /r/.  His parents had seen a number of SLPs to help Max with his speech and he had been in speech therapy for a long time before the Scottish Rite accepted him into the program. Max has been at the Scottish Rite for about a year and is now ready to be discharged from services as he has met his goals! His family’s dedication to Max’s treatment program helped Max progress quickly. His mother reported, “We have all been a part of Max’s treatment as Max had homework he had to do each day, and sometimes we made it into a family game. They [the family] are all excited Max is nearing his goals as they have seen how hard he has been working.” His parents are very proud of him and are thankful for the services that Max has received, “Seeing him finally progress has been most rewarding. We also had a great experience with his therapist, Rachel. It was much easier to go to speech after we made the switch to this clinic. Our experience here has been great! If we were unable to make a session, Rachel would try to fit us in later in the week. The emphasis on practicing everyday really helped with his progression. He got along well with Rachel and enjoyed his sessions with her. I would definitely recommend this clinic to others because it wasn’t until we began [at] this clinic that we finally began to see progress with his speech.” The clinic is very proud of Max and his hard work and that of his family too! Great job, Max!


From the Clinic (March 2018)

posted Mar 7, 2018, 2:14 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Layla is a sweet and talkative 6-year-old girl who has been coming to the Scottish Rite Speech and Language Clinic since October 2016 to work on her articulation, receptive language, and expressive language. Layla loves to play with dolls, toy animals and loves to dress up in costumes. She was referred to us by her preschool teacher. Layla’s mother, Angela, reported that she had constant ear infections requiring tubes in both ears at age 2, delayed speech and had a hard time speaking clearly and holding a conversation. Layla’s treatment program has focused on eliminating her tendency to substitute the /k/ sound with the /t/ sound and the /g/ sound with the /d/ sound. Layla is now able to differentiate the two and is able to produce her target sounds in sentences. She has moved on to working on more complex sounds, such as l-blends, “sh” and “ch” She has also been working on responding to questions with appropriate, on-topic responses, and producing plural nouns.

Layla’s mother said, “Layla has made tremendous improvement here at Scottish Rite with her speech delay. She has more confidence when she talks to family, friends, and she is a lot more talkative.” We are very proud of her. She has come a long way by the help of her speech therapist.”

Layla has brightened our clinic with her smile and playful nature. Her parents are very thankful for our clinic. Her mother said, “What truly helps is the one on one support. The free services with donation option helped us tremendously” She and her parents recently donated some of her toys, games, and books to us so that the other children can enjoy them too. We wanted to give a big thank you to the Madrid family!


From the Clinic (February 2018)

posted Feb 8, 2018, 3:13 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Daniel is an imaginative 5-year old who has been seen at our clinic for the last 15 months. So far Daniel has met nine of his speech therapy goals!  Daniel attends speech therapy with Ms. Jenna twice a week for forty-five minutes, secondary to a diagnosis of an Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). His sister Ana also attends speech therapy with Ms. Rachel once a week at our clinic.  Daniel is currently working on producing r-blends, l-blends, s-blends, /n/ and /s/ in his conversational speech. He is also working on following 3-step directions and his emotional regulation and sentence structure.

Daniels was referred to our clinic from his speech therapist at school. Daniel’s parents noted that before receiving speech therapy at our clinic, “It was difficult to understand his articulation and poor pronunciation. In addition, he would get easily angered because we could not understand him. His poor language skills made Daniel’s behavior even more difficult for him. Daniel still has some language difficulties but his speech therapy has definitely given him security. He is a very sociable child now! He loves to talk and sing now and his language is a big treasure. J Seeing Daniel enjoying talking and expressing his feelings are the most rewarding things to us! The therapists have helped Impact my children’s lives for the better! Ms. Jenna is an excellent and great therapist! She is very professional. All of your staff is really nice! Thank you Scottish Rite Clinic for all your help and effort that has changed our children’s and families lives! This clinic is the most amazing clinic in all the Bay Area! God bless you all!”

Daniel’s family has been exceedingly generous to our clinic! They have often provided animal crackers, goldfish crackers, candy and gummies for our children to have as a reward for doing so well in speech therapy. They have also donated many supplies such as Kleenex that are much needed in our clinic. In addition, they have purchased many new games, small prizes, books and art crafts for our children to enjoy!! Lastly, they have often purchased delicious drinks specifically for the clinicians to enjoy! How thoughtful!! A special thank you to Daniel and Ana’s parents for caring so much about the children at this clinic and being so generous to the children and clinicians!!  You keep up the great work Daniel!


From the Clinic (January 2018)

posted Jan 8, 2018, 2:11 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Lucas and Marco are fun-loving brothers who have been attending the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic to address an articulation disorder. Lucas, aged 10, and Marco, aged 8, each have lateralized distortions of /s/ and /z/, which makes their speech sound slushy. Otherwise known as a lateral lisp, this type of error typically develops due to jaw instability which results in airflow that escapes from the sides of the mouth verses the front of the mouth. Unlike some errors in children’s speech, lateralized air-flow requires remediation as it is not considered a developmental error.  Without remediation a lateral lisp will not go away. Thus, it’s important to get speech therapy as soon as possible. 

Marco and Lucas have worked very hard on their speech skills. When the boys first started speech they needed to learn placement of their lips, tongue and jaw to produce clear /s, z/. Over time they have achieved success with structured treatment tasks and are now working on carrying over their skills to conversational speech. They are utilizing a program purchased for our clinic to help keep us on the cutting edge of therapy techniques. The program is called SATPAC (Systematic Articulation Training Program Accessing Computers) which utilizes a metronome, wordlists specifically tailored to a child’s needs and helpful carryover homework to provide to families. Lucas and Marco are using the program effectively and are nearly ready for discharge. We are so proud of their hard work and dedication! 

Lucas and Marco’s mother recently expressed her gratitude for the services that her children have received and continue to receive, “The Scottish Rite clinic can help so many children to communicate clearly and strive to excel at school…We are grateful to have the professional speech therapy without the worry of bills, costs, [and] insurance with other healthcare services. Thank you Scottish Rite for making it easier to give my boys the best chances of success. The gift and skills of good speech is a necessity especially in the Silicon Valley.”


From the Clinic (December 2017)

posted Dec 13, 2017, 3:17 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Isaiah is a cute, funny, and talkative four-almost-five-year old boy, who loves to play with his brother, sister, and his dog, Bambi. Isaiah has been attending speech therapy services at the San Jose Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic to address his speech intelligibility starting February 2017 with Ms. Karen. Isaiah’s speech intelligibility was significantly reduced due to multiple speech sound substitutions. He was especially having difficulty producing the /k/ and /g/ sound due to a phonological process called “fronting,” in which children produce sounds made in the back of the mouth with the front of the mouth instead, such as producing /t/ for /k/ and /d/ for /g/. Isaiah has worked very hard toward his goals and has made significant progress since February. Isaiah enjoys earning play time with activities such as board games and basketball after working hard on producing his tricky sounds. He has gained the ability to make many new sounds since beginning therapy here. He is now able to produce the /k/ and /g/ sounds, which were the most challenging for him. His mother said they are now his favorite sounds to practice at home.

Isaiah was first referred to our clinic when his grandmother told his mother about it. She had heard of our clinic from having worked for a school district. Isaiah’s mother said that before receiving services at our clinic “his speech wasn’t very clear and she was having difficulty understanding him. Now I can understand him and I am confident he will do well in Kindergarten.” She said that the most rewarding thing has been “Feeling that he is moving towards his age-appropriate goals and more is awesome! Hearing him going from not being understand and us guessing what was said to actually knowing what he’s saying is the best!” Isaiah’s mother ended by saying, “The program is great. I feel like our family got a lot out of it. Families should hear more about this hidden gem.”


From the Clinic (November 2017)

posted Nov 10, 2017, 9:39 AM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Brielle is a beautiful six-year-old girl who began
receiving services
here at our clinic at the beginning of summer 2016. She has been working mostly on her articulation skills such as producing her /s/, “sh,” and /r/ sounds twice a week with Ms. Jenna. Brielle tends to distort her /s/ and “sh” sounds by blocking the air that is coming through her teeth or not pushing her air through hard enough. We are working on producing these sounds accurately, and she is
improving each day! You may be thinking, “Wow, she is already working on /r/ at such a young age?” Well,
surprisingly children should be producing /r/ at the beginning of their words at age 3! It did take her a while to get a good /r/ sound, but now she is on a rrrrroll! Each day her /r/ is sounding better and better in her conversation!! She is also practicing irregular past tense verbs, and answering “who” questions. She is learning new words every day! She loves to earn goldfish crackers and water breaks for her hard work! Brielle has got a great imagination and enjoys playing with the animals from our toy room at the end of her speech therapy sessions.

Sally, Brielle’s mother heard about our clinic through her sister who brought her son here in the past. In addition to Sally’s nephew being seen at this clinic, Ms. Jenna also got the pleasure of working with Brielle’s big sister! Before receiving services at our clinic Sally noted that some of Brielle’s, ”words were very distorted, but now she is doing so much better. It is easier for everyone to understand her.”

Sally also commented, “It has been a very positive experience at the Scottish Rite Clinic and we are so grateful. I tell people all the time about how great this clinic is. Ms. Jenna has been so sweet. We love her!  Thanks to the Scottish Rite Center for providing this service. “ Brielle’s clinician is hopeful that she will meet all her speech therapy goals in the very near future! Keep up the awesome work Brielle!


From the Clinic (October 2017)

posted Oct 6, 2017, 11:26 AM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Ana is a sweet, bright-eyed six year old girl who has been attending the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic to address a language and articulation disorder. When Ana first started at our clinic her mother reported that Ana had a very small vocabulary and was often frustrated because she couldn’t express herself.  Ana has made exceptional progress since the initiation of treatment. She has developed her receptive language skills to follow directions and her expressive language skills so that she can clearly formulate her ideas and thoughts. Her mother reported that since treatment began Ana has blossomed socially and emotionally. Currently, Ana is working toward mastering her articulation goals. She is working with a program called SATPAC, which uses a variety of techniques to work on tongue placement for sounds, such as /r/ and /s/ among others. Ana has progressed quickly and always has a great attitude about doing her work during speech therapy time.

Ana’s family has been a blessing to our clinic.  Her parents continuously donate toys and therapy materials to our clinic. Her mother stated recently that “we are deeply grateful to Scottish Rite, the support they give to all children is wonderful...being in [the] Scottish Rite is being in the right place. Infinite thanks for all your help.” Ana has been and continues to be such a joy to work with. We are looking forward to the day she graduates from therapy, but until then we will continue to have fun playing and learning!


From the Clinic (September 2017)

posted Aug 31, 2017, 2:36 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Kian is a shy and playful 3 year old boy who has been attending speech therapy services at the San Jose Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders clinic since December 2016. He was referred to this clinic by his pediatrician due to speech and language delays associated with his diagnosis of Fragile X syndrome.

Kian’s mother reported that with the exception of saying “I want _____,” he was mostly speaking in single words and using very few multi-word phrases. Kian is now beginning to use more multi word phrases. He enjoys targeting his language skills including imitation and utterance expansion while playing basketball, soccer, finding objects in the bean box, and building towers. Kian’s therapy was focused on improving his ability to identify body parts, colors, and to follow one-step directions. He is now ready to target producing longer utterances and questions and to address some articulation concerns. Kian is becoming more independent with following routines and with initiating requests for preferred activities. He has also become more independent and friendly with the other children and family members at the clinic and is initiating greeting or interacting with them.

Kian’s parents say that they are very grateful that the clinic exists and that they were able to have these services available to him so that there was not a gap in speech therapy services after he was no longer eligible for services through Early Start after turning 3 years old. We are so happy to have Kian and his cheerful smile here with us!


From the Clinic (August 2017)

posted Aug 2, 2017, 10:52 AM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Mason received services at our clinic between the ages of three and four-and-a-half. Initially, Mason worked on some articulation skills, such as producing three syllable words, /w/, /l/ and l-blends, and /s/-blends at the beginning of his words. To his clinician’s surprise, after five months, he quickly learned and used these words and sounds in conversation! He worked very hard in his twice a week speech therapy sessions on having expected behaviors, following 2-step directions, using age appropriate vocabulary and irregular past tense verbs. We would typically spend our time doing directions involving body movements such as, “Sing part of a song and then take a bow.” These types of directions tended to be a bit more challenging for him then table-top tasks such as, “Find the dinosaur with the spikey tail on your paper (amongst three other different dinosaurs) and color him green.” Mason needed lots of repetitions and support to be able to follow directions involving his body movements.  We would often target producing irregular past tense verbs such as, “saw,” “hit,” “hurt,” and “went,” while playing with animal toys. He enjoyed having his toy penguin dive into the bean box and yelled, “The penguin went into the beans!” Mason would always have a smile on his face and was happy to see his clinician each week. Although he was seen for his full 18 months here, his clinician decided that since he continues to need to work on several goals, he will be put back at the end of the treatment waiting list, to be seen at a later time. His clinician is hoping that even though he is not working on these goals with her, he is still thinking and learning about them. Sometimes all we need is a little break. J And who knows! Maybe by the time he is seen here again, he will be able to do and say the things we practiced on his own without a hitch! Hope to see you soon Mason!


From the Clininc (July 2017)

posted Jul 10, 2017, 4:14 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Ty is one cool kid. When he first started at our clinic he was nearly unintelligible. He often cried because he wasn’t understood by anyone but his mom, which often made him so upset that he would completely shut down. Often children with a history of Childhood Apraxia of Speech or CAS have such difficulty with their sound systems that therapy is a long, arduous process. And frequently, the services they should be receiving in the public school system do not provide enough treatment. The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) that monitors the certifications of Speech-Language Pathologists indicates that children with CAS need speech up to five times per week. We are so fortunate that the San Jose Scottish Rite can step in to fill the gaps where schools and health insurances don’t. Ty received the speech treatment that he needed in order to now be ready for discharge! It has been a pleasure watching his speech and language grow and mature! I am truly honored that I had the opportunity to work with him and his family. He wrote me a little note on his last day recently, which made my heart smile. We wish you a lifetime of blessings, Ty and family!

Dear Miss Rachel,

Thank you for all your help. You have helped me so much. You helped me get passed [past] tons of other sounds. Thank you. I hope you have a great summer with your boys. You’re the best! - Ty


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