From the Clinic (December, 2014)

posted May 30, 2015, 8:46 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Jun 4, 2015, 2:48 PM ]
I. is a sweet six-year old boy who has a diagnosis of Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy Type I, which is a genetic disease that impacts muscle weakness throughout the body. When I. first started speech and language therapy at our clinic in February 2014 he was only using a few words like “mama” and “dada”. He could not answer questions and had difficulty communicating with his family and peers. 
Since February, I. has made incredible progress with his speech and language skills. He now frequently uses two-word phrases spontaneously and has started to use three- and four-word phrases too. Occasionally he will use five-word sentences during structured therapy tasks. His mother and school have noted a significant improvement in I.’s language. He is now requesting toys, books, and food spontaneously. He has also started to describe his feelings. 
In addition to increasing his language, I. has also worked on improving the muscle weakness in his face, particularly in his lips, tongue, and cheeks. He is making progress with oral motor exercises to improve facial strength and range of motion, which helps with speech productions. I. is learning how to use different sounds to produce increasingly complex word and syllable structures. For example, he used to say “tao” for “table” or “nana” for “banana. Given facilitating techniques, such as PROMPT, which is a special tactile cuing system, he can now use these more complex speech forms with increased consistency. 
His mother relayed to Rachel, his Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) at the clinic, that our services can “totally change a kid’s life”. I. is growing in his independence and is learning to use language to help himself in his environment. It is a true joy to watch him blossom in expressing himself. 
His mother is deeply thankful for our services. She stated, “We appreciate our SLP in the clinic. She is very supportive, very kind to discuss and provide information and tools…My son [has] improved so much [with] his language development. [We are] very appreciative!”