From the Clinic (July 2018)

posted Jul 9, 2018, 7:32 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Meet Hannah! She is a joyous four year old who loves to play with the babies, Barbies and pretend food toys when she comes to our clinic once a week for speech therapy services. She is a hard worker who loves to laugh and smile. Hannah is being seen at our clinic secondary to a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This means that Hannah has difficulties regulating her body at times and needs assistance with social understanding and expectations. She is taught daily on how to provide friendly greetings, goodbyes and hold conversations while facing her communication partner. Since she loves doll play and interaction we get several opportunities to practice beginning, maintaining and ending conversations. According to her mother Cindy, Hannah had difficulty sequencing events, following two-step unrelated commands and identifying categories before speech therapy began here. Cindy reported that all of these skills have since improved after attending therapy at our clinic. In addition, she noted that Hannah does well with following directions at home! Cindy wrote that the most rewarding things about receiving services here are seeing her daughter’s, “speech improve and seeing how much she enjoys being at the Scottish Rite,” children’s clinic. Cindy mentioned that they have had a good and positive experience at our clinic and that Hannah loves to work with her clinicians. Ms. Jenna has had the pleasure of working with Hannah twice a week since December of 2016. Mrs. Cynthia more recently has been seeing Hannah once a week since the end of January 2018 as a San Jose State University graduate student under Ms. Jenna’s supervision. Above is a picture of Mrs. Cynthia and Hannah doing the crescent moon yoga pose while taking a sensory break between activities. Mrs. Cynthia wanted to share a little bit about her experience with Hannah:

“Hannah was the first child I had the opportunity of working with at the Scottish Rite Clinic.  Needless to say I was nervous at first, but seeing Hannah’s excitement for therapy was infectious.  Hannah has a happiness about her that she brings to each activity and goal we work on.  Even when Hannah experiences some difficulties with tasks, and requires the clinician to provide added support, her smile and participation never fades.  Social interactions are a big part of working with children with an ASD, as they tend to often demonstrate isolated play.  After a few weeks of treatment, Hannah would initiate play inclusion with myself.  This behavior made me happy, seeing the progress with her social skills and the enjoyment of building rapport.

Working with children like Hannah, at the Scottish Rite Clinic has been a rewarding opportunity for me.  I enjoy seeing the children and helping them progress with their speech, language, and social skills.  This experience has been rewarding, and it could not have been possible without the support and guidance of the talented Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) here.  I had the wonderful opportunity working with the amazingly talented and caring SLPs Ms. Rachel and Ms. Jenna.  Their passion for working with the children and their families is inspiring as I begin my career.  Thank you to the staff, clients, and families who have welcomed me and made this experience worthwhile.”

Thank you Mrs. Cynthia for all your wonderful work with our children at the clinic!! We will surly miss you now that your externship is complete. Congratulations on your graduation and all our well wishes to you in the future!

And Hannah...Please keep up your excellent speech work! You are a super star!!