posted May 23, 2015, 5:18 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 23, 2015, 5:18 PM ]
Alex is a delightful 6 ½ year old boy who is being seen once a week for speech and language therapy at our clinic.  Alex and his family have been a joy to work with.  They are highly supportive of Alex’s education, therapy services and the Scottish Rite Speech and Language Clinic.  
Around 3 years of age Alex was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  His parents began seeking therapy services for him and heard about our clinic from a friend.  They found resources for Alex to begin treatment but felt he would need continued help from multiple providers to best support his needs.   Prior to receiving services here, his mother reported, “Alex’s speech was very limited.  He could only answer with one word and even then it may not have been the correct word.”
Alex has made great progress during his time at the clinic.  He is fully included into a general education classroom for kindergarten.  Academics are a strength for Alex and he is currently reading at or above grade level.  He receives Occupational Therapy at school to improve his fine and visual motor skills, gross motor skills, attending and sensory processing skills.  Alex’s progress is a team effort between his school, home and therapy environments.  It’s been very exciting and rewarding to watch him progress as a result of these combined efforts.
Current therapy is focusing on expressive language skills and social communication skills.  He continues to need help with some areas of language development such as concepts, categories, vocabulary and questions.  It is still sometimes difficult for Alex to formulate the correct grammar and word order when trying to express himself.  He also needs continued support for social language skills such as initiating and maintaining conversations.
Alex’s mother stated, “He still struggles with his speech.  However, the progress he has made with the staff at the clinic has been very positive.  He can now answer questions correctly, using 3-5 word responses.  He is able to express what he wants, how he feels and what he would like to do most of the time.  This has improved our relationship with Alex a great deal.  Being able to understand each other makes our life easier on so many levels.”  
Despite a diagnosis of Autism, Alex’s health insurance provider did not approve speech and language therapy services.  Alex’s mother reported, ”Not being able to afford speech services elsewhere was difficult for us.  With the help of the Scottish Rite Speech and Language Clinic, they came in and gave us hope when we were unable to provide for our son.”
You can always count on Alex to greet you in the waiting room with a big smile, a hello and a request for toys.   His mother feels that he loves coming to the clinic and has formed good relationships with the therapists that have worked with him.  Alex’s mother Jani wrote the following note.:
Angela, Rachel and Jenna,
Jim and I are so grateful to you for the work you do with our son.  You give us hope when we feel down.  You provide us with a feeling of camaraderie where our son is concerned.  We now have strong hopes for Alex’s future and we have you in part to thank for that.  So….thank you!  Thank you! Thank you!
Jim, Jani and Alex