From the Clinic (February, 2016)

posted Mar 11, 2016, 4:21 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Mar 11, 2016, 4:21 PM ]
T. is a fun, charismatic 7 year old boy who has been seen at the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic for the past seven months. His mother brought him to the clinic due to difficulties with his articulation. Specifically, T. was demonstrating a fronted /s/ distortion that made his speech sound slushy. His mom reported that “T. was difficult to understand at times. He struggled with other kids at the park and elsewhere.”
Since treatment began at our clinic, T. has made excellent progress. He has worked with a program called “Straight Speech” in which the /t/ sound is used to facilitate the correct tongue position. The phonemes /s/ and /t/ have the same place of articulation. Thus, for a child who has difficulty figuring out the placement and airflow for /s/, this can be helpful. The program goes through a variety of steps including using a straw to produce centralized, sharp airflow. T. has worked very hard since treatment began.
His mother has noticed an improvement not only in his sound production, but she has noticed an improvement in his social relationships too! She commented that T. “has improved immensely. He’s more self-aware...We have the tools to help him and he can recognize when he needs to be more clear.” T. is such a fun kid to work with. He’s always showing off his dance moves, artistic abilities, and caring for other kids in the clinic. He is truly such a joy to see for therapy. His mother is pleased with the services at our clinic too. She stated, “The caring that is displayed by the therapists is exactly what a parent is looking for.” We appreciate you, too, T. and family!