posted May 30, 2015, 5:13 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 5:14 PM ]
Fiona is an adorable five year old girl who has been seen at our clinic for a severe articulation disorder since last May. Fiona is a joy to work with. She laughs easily and loves to tell stories about her friends and family. Her articulation skills have blossomed since she first began treatment and her intelligibility has improved dramatically. 
Prior to Fiona starting speech and language treatment at our clinic, she was very difficult to understand, even for her parents. Her mom said that she could understand her most of the time, but her dad frequently did not understand her or needed me to ‘interpret’. Family friends that saw her regularly since birth couldn’t understand her. Her pre-school teacher felt it limited her social interactions. Her peers often corrected her speech [and] she would not initiate play”. 
During the past nine months Fiona has worked on a variety of sounds such as /l/, /sh/, /k,g/ and her vowels. Her mother has definitely noticed an improvement as “She initiates play and conversations. She participates more in class and with adult conversations. At home her dad understands her better, [and] her peers correct her less.” The impact of treatment on Fiona’s daily life has been significant, “She is more able to enjoy age appropriate activities, such as going to a friend’s house for a playdate, without the worry she will not be understood if she needed something.” 
Fiona’s mother truly appreciates our services, “My child is treated with kindness, respect, professionalism and as an important individual. Thank you so much [to everyone] that makes these services possible! It literally changes lives. Thank you to the amazing, caring and empathetic staff and all their ‘tricks’ to help children.”   We are very proud of you Fiona! Keep up the great work!