From the Clinic (November, 2014)

posted May 30, 2015, 8:28 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Jun 4, 2015, 2:49 PM ]
A. is an 11 year old young man who comes to our clinic for speech and language therapy.  A. is a delight to work with….an engaging boy, who is talkative and inquisitive.  He is very active in his local 4H program and participates in many fairs, shows and competitions.  He is highly interested in animals and knows quite a lot about raising and caring for a variety of animals and livestock. 
His parents first noticed that he was having some difficulties about 2 years ago.  They saw that he had difficulty with reading, articulation and sentence structure.    In the past, A. was diagnosed with an expressive and receptive language disorder.  He received speech and language therapy both through private pay and his school district.  
Prior to the initiation of therapy, A.’s mom noted, “He often mispronounced words and spoke in short sentences with incorrect verb tense.”  As children get older and proceed to higher grade levels, these difficulties can become more noticeable and effect how a child progresses through school.  There are many academic demands placed on school aged children and what they are expected to master flows very quickly.  When children present with language disorders, there is an overlap into academics.  This can sometimes cause frustration for children both academically and socially.  
Since treatment began A.’s mom has noticed, “He has become more aware of the words that he mispronounces and has been exhibiting longer sentences with more accuracy choosing the correct verb tense.  He has been able to articulate his thoughts and ideas more much more clearly, not only to family but friends as well.  It has been rewarding to see A. make progress that others besides our family have noticed.”
A.’s speech and language goals have focused on articulation, such as /L, s, L blends/ and including all the syllables in multisyllabic words.  His language goals have focused on sentence formulation with the correct use of articles, prepositions, pronouns, adjectives and adverbs.  Treatment has also focused on auditory processing exercises targeting key words, parts of words, directions, commands and auditory memory.  After only 5 months of therapy, A. has met nearly all of his goals and is ready to progress to new ones!
A.’s mom commented, “We have had a wonderful experience at the clinic.  The staff has been very kind, patient and welcoming.  A. enjoys coming to his speech sessions.  The clinic offers high quality services to all families.  They really listen to each family’s concerns about their child’s speech progress.  The services have been outstanding.”