Alexander and Jonathan

posted May 30, 2015, 4:08 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 4:08 PM ]
Alexander and Jonathan are fun-loving and energetic brothers who are both being seen at the Scottish Rite Speech and Language Clinic. 
Alexander is six and receives speech therapy once per week in order to work on his articulation and language skills. Alexander is currently working on producing /s/ and /s/-blends in all word positions of sentences without a frontal lisp. He also needs assistance with sentence length and formulation when describing and event, picture or story. Prior to receiving services at our Clinic Alexander was diagnosed with severe apraxia and his speech was limited to only a few words by the time he was three years old. In addition, he had a difficult time being understood when he communicated in his daily conversation. According to his mother, “Alexander has made huge progress since he started speech therapy. He is truly getting the help that he needs. We as a family, along with non-family members can fully understand his speech now. Speech therapy at the Scottish Rite Clinic has made a huge impact on his social skills in school because now both children and teachers can understand him and he does not feel he has to be the quiet kid anymore. He now can communicate with everyone.”
Jonathan is four years old and is being seen twice a week secondary to being diagnosed with an articulation delay and mild-moderate disfluencies. His mother brought him to our clinic because his stuttering was occurring on a daily basis. She realizes that although his articulation and fluency are, “slightly improving, it is still a long challenging road ahead of him.” She reported, “The Scottish Rite clinicians gave us some useful tips on what to do and what not to do to in the home environment such as reducing demands and pressure on his speech in order to increase his fluency. Jonathan’s mother reported that recently when they went to the park with his preschool teacher, classmates and parents he did not even stutter one time! She was happy to repost this progress to his clinician. 
Alexander and Jonathan’s mother describes their experience at the Scottish Rite Clinic as, “Very positive for both my two sons. Even though they have two different diagnoses, Sharon and Jenna have done a great job working to improve their speech. The Scottish Rite Speech and Language Clinic and their SLP’s are all dedicated to improve the lives of children who have different issues when it comes to their speech and language. A huge thank you to the Clinic, Sharon and Jenna for helping my two sons with their speech and improving their lives.”