From the Clinic (June, 2015)

posted May 31, 2015, 3:27 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Jun 4, 2015, 2:17 PM ]
T. is a sweet and hardworking 12 and a half year-old boy. He is receiving twice a week speech therapy services secondary to a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder and an Intellectual Disability. He is currently working on appropriately answering “What” and “Where is it?” questions. In addition, he is also working on producing requests with appropriate sentence length. Most days he increases his performance by answering questions correctly that he had been working on for weeks. He responds well to visual and auditory supports when working on his goals. T. has a great ear for music, rhythm and scales. We usually spend our last five minutes singing musical patterns or tapping them out on the table with our hands. He is highly motivated to give his best effort so that I can spend the last bit of our session imitating whatever challenging musical movements he throws at me! He is a delight to work with and his nanny says that he looks forward to coming here each week. Please read what his parents wrote about our clinic and services below. 

Dear San Jose Scottish Rite Speech and Language Clinic,
My wife and I heard about the clinic through a friend who’s child benefited from the San Jose Scottish Rite Clinic. Before receiving services at this clinic our son, T. had very limited verbal language skills. Unless he was prompted, he would manage to get things done in a non-verbal way.  Speech therapy at this clinic has helped T. use more verbal communication. While his ability to use group language skills has been limited and very slow to progress, he has been slowly making improvements. Treatment at this clinic has impacted our family as it is helping T. become a little bit more of a verbal communicator, reducing the amount of frustration and tantrums, and is increasing his ability to articulate daily.  The most rewarding thing about receiving speech services at this clinic is that T. is using sentences instead of single words for his communication. Our experience with the San Jose Scottish Rite Speech and Language Clinic has been very good. We have never seen any non-profit service that is so professional. T.’s clinician, Jenna Mendonca, is very professional and she takes great interest in small details of language learning.  Knowing successive therapy sessions would help T., she accommodated her schedule to make a way. We are very happy with our Scottish Rite speech services because their approach helps kids develop and comprehend language skills. We are very thankful for the San Jose Scottish Rite Clinic for providing services with such dedicated and professional staff.   Sincerely, S. and S. J.