posted May 19, 2015, 5:24 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 19, 2015, 5:24 PM ]
Brian is a fun-loving, sweet 5 year-old-boy who is being seen at our clinic for a mild articulation disorder.  According to his parents, “Brian was a late bloomer in the talking department, and when he did start talking, it was very difficult to understand what he was saying.”   This began to affect Brian’s self-confidence. His mother recalled that Brian came home from preschool one day saying “I don’t talk right”.
When Brian first started at the clinic he worked on his “k” and “g”. These are the velar sounds or “back” sounds that are expected to be used consistently in a child’s conversational speech by three years of age.  At four years of age Brian was not using “k” or “g” in any words. When he first started treatment, Brian was unable to make the “k” or “g” sounds even in isolation. After a few months of targeted therapy and working with lollipops and tongue depressors to help Brian move his tongue back, Brian started to use the velar sounds in words. Eventually he started using these sounds in his spontaneous speech.
Brian has now started to work on his “r” and “th” sounds.  Brian has made excellent progress after just a few short months of working on the “r” and “th”. His parents said that they “no longer worry about Brian’s progress. We know with the Scottish Rite Program…Brian is getting the support he needs to be successful. The program has allowed for Brian to be more confident and that’s priceless...We feel [the Speech-Language Pathologist] honestly cares about our son’s progress and we are so grateful for everything she’s accomplished with him.”