From the Clinic (December 2017)

posted Dec 13, 2017, 3:17 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Isaiah is a cute, funny, and talkative four-almost-five-year old boy, who loves to play with his brother, sister, and his dog, Bambi. Isaiah has been attending speech therapy services at the San Jose Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic to address his speech intelligibility starting February 2017 with Ms. Karen. Isaiah’s speech intelligibility was significantly reduced due to multiple speech sound substitutions. He was especially having difficulty producing the /k/ and /g/ sound due to a phonological process called “fronting,” in which children produce sounds made in the back of the mouth with the front of the mouth instead, such as producing /t/ for /k/ and /d/ for /g/. Isaiah has worked very hard toward his goals and has made significant progress since February. Isaiah enjoys earning play time with activities such as board games and basketball after working hard on producing his tricky sounds. He has gained the ability to make many new sounds since beginning therapy here. He is now able to produce the /k/ and /g/ sounds, which were the most challenging for him. His mother said they are now his favorite sounds to practice at home.

Isaiah was first referred to our clinic when his grandmother told his mother about it. She had heard of our clinic from having worked for a school district. Isaiah’s mother said that before receiving services at our clinic “his speech wasn’t very clear and she was having difficulty understanding him. Now I can understand him and I am confident he will do well in Kindergarten.” She said that the most rewarding thing has been “Feeling that he is moving towards his age-appropriate goals and more is awesome! Hearing him going from not being understand and us guessing what was said to actually knowing what he’s saying is the best!” Isaiah’s mother ended by saying, “The program is great. I feel like our family got a lot out of it. Families should hear more about this hidden gem.”

 

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