posted May 19, 2015, 2:59 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 19, 2015, 3:00 PM ]
Angeli is an engaging 8 ½ year old young lady, who has been attending the Scottish Rite Speech and Language Clinic once per week to treat her articulation and language skills.  Angeli was originally evaluated by her school and received therapy to target her articulation skills.  She then moved to a school which did not offer speech and language services, so the only treatment she now receives is here in this clinic.  Angeli’s mother was referred to the San Jose Scottish Rite by a family member who works at the Scottish Rite in Stockton.  Angeli and her family travel each week from San Mateo to San Jose for her therapy appointment.  Their dedication and hard work have played a huge role in Angeli’s speech and language success.
Angeli has been coming to therapy once per week along with her twin sister Alexa.  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 also 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 Angeli first began treatment at this clinic, her parent’s main concern was the production of her speech sounds.   Her treatment began with goals targeting sounds such as /s, sh, ch, th, v, r and j/. Angeli also had difficulty with /r/ blends found in words like “prize” and “breakfast” and /s/ blends, like “spot” and “skunk.”  The last sounds that Angeli mastered were vocalic /r/ sounds such as “airplane, fire and alligator.”  Angeli is currently 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.
Angeli has recently had the opportunity to experience some individual treatment sessions with our San Jose State University graduate student extern, Jenna Mendonca.  While she enjoys working with her sister, Angeli states that she has enjoyed working by herself with Jenna too.
Angeli’s mother Cynthia stated, “I’ve seen a tremendous improvement in her pronunciation and articulation.  She is improving so much every day.  She is more confident and willing to say words that she had a difficult time with.  She used to get frustrated and upset, but now I can’t get her to stop talking!” J  She also said, “My experience at the clinic has always been very positive. Everyone is always there to help you out and give lots of great feedback on your child’s progress.”  Angeli’s mother Cynthia graciously stated, “I would like to thank Angela for all her help, support and dedication in everything she has taught and done with my child.  I am so happy that my child has improved so much!  Without Angela’s help and guidance I’m not sure where my child would be at this point.   I see the change in my child’s speech.  Thank you.”