posted May 14, 2015, 2:24 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 14, 2015, 2:25 PM ]
Dominic is a charming four year old boy who has been attending the San Jose Scottish Rite Childhood Speech and Language Clinic for a little over a year. Dominic initially came to the clinic when his pediatrician recommended a speech and language evaluation due to some delayed speech sounds.  An evaluation conducted at our clinic found that Dominic had a mild articulation disorder as he had difficulty producing some early developing sounds.  An articulation disorder occurs when a child substitutes one sound for another, omits sounds, or distorts sounds. There is a specific range of ages when children should produce each sound correctly. A child is appropriate for treatment when their error pattern continues after a certain age.
When Dominic first started treatment he was sometimes hard to understand and was getting frustrated. After a short time in treatment however his family noticed that his frustration level was decreasing and he was becoming more intelligible. During the past year Dominic has worked very hard on a variety of sounds, including “f”, “k”, “p”, “s”, “sh” and “ch”. His parents and grandparents have been instrumental in helping Dominic master his sounds. His family’s dedication to bringing him consistently to treatment and doing homework each week has been essential to Dominic’s progress.
We are very excited for Dominic because in the next few months he will graduate from the clinic!  Here is a short note from Dominic’s mother regarding the clinic: “The services we have received at Scottish Rite are superb! The therapists are well trained and wonderful with the children…I have personally referred four other families to the clinic. I feel the learning environment is wonderful for children and that all children would benefit from the services offered. Much thanks to all the hard work that goes into providing exceptional speech and language services...We truly appreciate everything.”