posted May 19, 2015, 4:42 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 19, 2015, 4:43 PM ]
Alexa is a charming 9 year old girl who has been attending the San Jose Scottish Rite Speech and Language Clinic once per week to treat her articulation and language skills.  Alexa was originally evaluated by her school; however she currently attends a school where speech and language services are not offered.  Therefore, the only treatment she now receives is here in this clinic.  Alexa’s mother was referred to the San Jose Scottish Rite by a family member who works at the Scottish Rite in Stockton.  Alexa and her family travel each week from San Mateo to San Jose for her therapy appointment.  Their dedication and hard work have played a great role in Alexa’s speech and language progress and success! 
Alexa has been coming to therapy once per week along with her twin sister Angeli (featured in the June 2010 newsletter.)  She and her sister have been seen for a group session, as many of their treatment goals have been the same.  It is not uncommon for twins to require help with developmental skills such as fine and gross motor as well as speech and language skills.  We usually contribute this to the fact that twins are often born prematurely, which increases the likelihood of need for therapeutic services.  Angeli and Alexa were not born prematurely, however like many other children they had the need for speech and language therapy.
When Alexa first began treatment at this clinic, her parent’s main concern was the production of her speech sounds.  Her mom stated, “It was very difficult for her to say certain words and sounds.  It became very frustrating for her and she would just give up.”   Her treatment began with goals targeting sounds such as /s, sh, ch, th, v, r and j/.  Alexa also had difficulty with /r/ blends found in words like “grapes” and “princess” and /s/ blends, like “smell” and “spike.”  
Alexa is currently working of the /er/ sound found in words like “under” and “painter.”  She has had difficulty with the strength and coordination of her jaw, lips and tongue, which is required to produce the “er” sound.  Alexa has completed various oral motor exercises and uses verbal, visual and tactile cues to help her produce the “er” sound.  Alexa’s mother stated, “Her pronunciation of words has improved so much.  She is still working on her “er” sound and is more confident about saying them correctly.  She has become more aware of her errors too.”  Alexa is also working on language and grammar based treatment goals.  She sometimes has difficulty with the rules of grammar and word order when constructing her sentences and questions in conversation.  Her treatment has targeted the verbs  is/are, was/were, has/have, plurals, past tense verbs and pronouns.
Alexa’s mother Cynthia stated, “It was very difficult to understand Alexa before she came to this clinic.  Now, with patience and dedication on our part along with her, we understand her much better.  We have her repeat her words or sentences in order to help her express herself better.”  She also reported that, “Everyone is so helpful and friendly at the clinic.  I would like to thank Angela for all her help, support and dedication in helping my twin girls.  They’ve shown so much improvement.  Although it’s a long drive for us, my girls look forward to coming to speech every week.  They are happy and enjoy their time here.  They’ve even seen a big difference in their own speech!”