From the Clinic (December, 2015)

posted Dec 12, 2015, 3:14 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Dec 12, 2015, 3:14 PM ]
T. is a sweet 9 year old girl who is seen once a week for speech and language therapy at our clinic.  She has been seen for the last three months after waiting for some time on the clinic waitlist.  She is currently in the third grade at Discover 2 Charter School.  T. enjoys computer games, science and music.  She participates in a pre-public speaking class on Saturdays to help with her speech and language skills and confidence.   She recently dressed up as Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty for Halloween.  T. is a sharp and competitive game player and usually beats her clinician on a weekly basis during treatment sessions!
T.’s mother was referred to our clinic by San Jose State University.  She was concerned about speech sounds that were unclear and other sounds that were omitted.  Her mom felt that T. was losing confidence when speaking to adults because she often had to repeat herself.
T. has been working on her articulation, focusing on /r, l, th, er and r blends like br/ as well as age appropriate grammar skills.  During her short time in treatment, she has made great progress.  She went from being unable to produce the sound /th/ to producing it in words with nearly 80% accuracy.  T.’s mother is very dedicated to continuing her treatment at home and it really speeds up development and progress.
Since treatment began, T.’s mother reports, “The one on one sessions have increased her confidence, improved pronunciation of certain sounds and made T. feel happier.  In just 5 minutes per day of home practice, a big difference is noted.”  That home practice really does make a difference that her therapist sees as well.   T.’s mother feels that the one on one service, noted gains in her speech sounds and helpful and well trained therapist are very rewarding.
Even after waiting nearly 3 years on the waitlist, T.’s mother reports, “.  It is the best investment you can make for your child.  I’m grateful and feel blessed to be getting awesome service. We are very happy and it was worth waiting for—the very excellent speech therapy that normally we wouldn’t be able to afford, from a great staff who are well trained and kind.”