From the Clinic (August, 2014)

posted May 30, 2015, 7:37 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Jun 4, 2015, 2:14 PM ]
S. has been seen once a week at our clinic to receive help for an articulation disorder.  She is a sweet and endearing five year old girl.  A friend at S.’s preschool recommended our clinic to her mother.
S.’s parents had been concerned about her speech and language development from an early age. S. has a twin sister, and as it happens with many twins, they were born a little early. When children are born prematurely, they will often exhibit delays in development. S. also experienced many ear infections during her first year, which can sometimes negatively impact speech and language development. S. was enrolled in early intervention services for speech and language therapy until she was 3 years old. At that time, her mother had her tested at the school district but she did not qualify for speech and language services.  
Prior to starting therapy, her mother reported, “S.’s speech needed to be clearer so other people could understand her better.  She would try to speak and when others (aside from Mommy) did not understand, she got frustrated.”  Since starting treatment, “She is more aware of what she can do with her mouth and tongue to make the sounds clear to others.” 
Therapy has been focused on improving S.’s /s/ sound. She produces a lateralized /s/ sound, which means the air does not flow in a straight path out of her mouth.  Her airflow moves out of the sides of her mouth, creating a lisp like quality.  She is currently working on /s/ words in phrases.
When children have speech delays and disorders, it can sometimes cause frustration for both the child and family.  S.y’s mother shared that her treatment has had a very positive impact.  She stated, “S. is more confident when she speaks to us.  She does not get frustrated anymore because she knows how to correct herself and does not cry like she used to when we could not understand her.  It fills my heart to see that S. is so dedicated and persistent to speak better and that she can speak by herself without my help.”
S.’s mother described her experience at the clinic as great.  She shared that “Her therapist has been very supportive, patient and caring.  I will always be thankful for the clinic services that otherwise we could not have afforded.”  
If a family’s medical insurance does not cover speech therapy, they  then have to pay out of pocket, which is a major expense that most families would struggle to cover.  We hear this from so many of our clinic parents.  They often express gratitude for the services provided here.  S.’s mother stated, “Thank you for helping my child and so many other’s kids to get better communication skills and build up their confidence.  Your input will positively impact their future and we will always be thankful.”