From the Clinic (January 2018)

posted Jan 8, 2018, 2:11 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Lucas and Marco are fun-loving brothers who have been attending the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic to address an articulation disorder. Lucas, aged 10, and Marco, aged 8, each have lateralized distortions of /s/ and /z/, which makes their speech sound slushy. Otherwise known as a lateral lisp, this type of error typically develops due to jaw instability which results in airflow that escapes from the sides of the mouth verses the front of the mouth. Unlike some errors in children’s speech, lateralized air-flow requires remediation as it is not considered a developmental error.  Without remediation a lateral lisp will not go away. Thus, it’s important to get speech therapy as soon as possible. 

Marco and Lucas have worked very hard on their speech skills. When the boys first started speech they needed to learn placement of their lips, tongue and jaw to produce clear /s, z/. Over time they have achieved success with structured treatment tasks and are now working on carrying over their skills to conversational speech. They are utilizing a program purchased for our clinic to help keep us on the cutting edge of therapy techniques. The program is called SATPAC (Systematic Articulation Training Program Accessing Computers) which utilizes a metronome, wordlists specifically tailored to a child’s needs and helpful carryover homework to provide to families. Lucas and Marco are using the program effectively and are nearly ready for discharge. We are so proud of their hard work and dedication! 

Lucas and Marco’s mother recently expressed her gratitude for the services that her children have received and continue to receive, “The Scottish Rite clinic can help so many children to communicate clearly and strive to excel at school…We are grateful to have the professional speech therapy without the worry of bills, costs, [and] insurance with other healthcare services. Thank you Scottish Rite for making it easier to give my boys the best chances of success. The gift and skills of good speech is a necessity especially in the Silicon Valley.”