From the Clinic (March, 2008)

posted May 2, 2015, 3:20 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Jun 4, 2015, 2:12 PM ]
Z. is a three and a half year old girl who has been receiving speech-language therapy at the San Jose Scottish Rite Childhood Language Clinic for four months.  Z. was diagnosed with apraxia of speech, which means she has difficulty coordinating oral movements necessary to produce sounds. As a result, she has very few intelligible words and has a difficult time making her needs and wants known, which has resulted in frustration.  Prior to receiving services at Scottish Rite, three private speech therapists discontinued Z.’s treatment because of poor behavior. While Z. continues to need treatment, she has made strong, steady progress in the last few months learning new words and using functional language to interact appropriately with others.  Following are a few written comments from Z.’s mother about her experience with our clinic that was taken from a recent parent survey.
Before beginning treatment at the Scottish Rite, Z.’s mother commented that Z. did not attempt to imitate speech, had behavioral difficulties, and refused to follow directions.  Since the initiation of treatment, Z.’s mother described her daughter as “more verbal…and more willing to engage and follow directions…” 
When asked to describe how Z.’s treatment has impacted their family, Z.’s mother wrote, “We can now communicate with her better since she has more words and is more willing to engage verbally.  Saying ‘yes’ and ‘my turn’, ‘please’ have all been amazingly helpful and reduced our levels of frustration.”  She described her experience with services at the clinic as “a great help” and that the most rewarding aspect of Z.’s treatment is “having a very skilled and patient therapist who did not give up on Z. in spite of her being so difficult at times and unwilling to engage.” She further wrote, “ [The clinician] is doing such a wonderful job with Z.’s speech and language. We are very impressed with the level of professionalism that we’ve seen here and are so grateful that [the clinician] is not only very skilled but also very willing to try a variety of games and techniques to engage children such as Z. …”
When asked if she would tell other parents about the clinic, Z.’s mother wrote, “Yes, I would and I have told other parents in our local apraxia group. The school districts are incapable of providing adequate services and parents go broke paying for private sessions over years and years.  Having highly qualified speech professionals at Scottish Rite who can help our children for at least part of this most difficult journey to functional and possibly normal speech is a true blessing.  Thank you!”