From the Clinic (June, 2018)

posted Jun 8, 2018, 1:42 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Charlie is a friendly and playful 5-year-old boy who loves to play with his brothers and sisters. He has been receiving speech therapy services once a week at the San Jose Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic with Miss Karen. since May 2017 to address his multiple phonological processes (patterns that young children use to simplify adult speech while their speech and language are developing, most of which are outgrown by ages 4-5) impacting his overall speech intelligibility. Charlie’s older brother, Jacob, also receives speech therapy services with Miss Karen at this clinic. When Charlie began services at our clinic, he had a limited set of speech sounds that he was able to produce, and substituted most sounds (/t/, /k/, /g/, /f/, /v/, “th”, /s/, /z/, “sh,” “ch,” “j”) with the /t/ or /d/ sound. Charlie also glides his /r/ sound, replacing it with a /w/. Charlie has worked hard in all of his sessions and is now able to produce the /k/, /g/, /f/, /v/, and /s/ sounds in structured exercises. He is developing his ability to monitor his own speech sounds and is occasionally able to correct his own errors. He was referred to our clinic by a family friend, Paulette Codipilly.

Charlie’s mother, Rachel, reports that his speech was very difficult to understand prior to receiving services at this clinic. “I would ask him to repeat his words and would guess on a lot of words until I got the word right. He would get frustrated,” she said. Now that he has been receiving speech therapy for a year, she has noticed a dramatic difference. “He is not frustrated nearly as much and tends to even try harder when I compliment on his improvement.” She said that his treatment has impacted their family because everyone seems to talk more now.

His mother reports that she has had a good experience with the clinic. She identified “the friendly therapists who make working hard fun” the most rewarding aspect about receiving services here. She says she would tell other parents with concerns about their child’s speech and language development about our clinic for the free services and friendly, patient, and thorough therapists. We have enjoyed having Charlie and his family at our clinic! It has been a joy to see Charlie’s hard work and his progress