Daneka

posted May 23, 2015, 5:35 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 23, 2015, 5:35 PM ]
Daneka is an enjoyable 4-year-old girl who started treatment at the San Jose Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic due to difficulties with receptive and expressive language and articulation skills. She had received treatment with the state funded program, Early Start, but continued to need help after she was discharged at three years of age. Her parents brought her to the clinic because they were concerned that she could not find words to tell them what she wanted and was easily frustrated when she spoke because she was not understood.
A complete battery of tests was given to Daneka to determine the areas of need with her speech and language skills. Testing revealed that she did not readily negotiate her environment with expressive language but preferred to interact with gestures. The complexity of her language was reduced and her grammar was sometimes inaccurate. She also had mild difficulty following directions with age-appropriate linguistic concepts. Her articulation skills were generally within normal limits with the exception of /s/-blends. A specialized treatment plan was put together to address Daneka’s speech and language needs. In addition, her parents were encouraged to enroll Daneka in a preschool program to improve her use of language to interact with peers and other adults.
Initially, Daneka was shy during treatment sessions. She often refused to participate but her mother noted that “Rachel helped her build trust and friendship fast which boosted Daneka’s confidence and eased her anxiety.” Daneka worked on her therapy goals in play-based activities as well as in more structured table-top tasks. After enrollment in therapy, Daneka’s parents have found that “It’s a lot easier to communicate. She enjoys talking more. She likes to find out what new words mean and how to say them.” Daneka was recently discharged from therapy because she met all of her speech and language goals! Her family has had a “very positive experience. It’s very helpful with all communication issues and it’s helped Daneka immensely with confidence in speech, confidence in learning, and also with her self-esteem.”