From the Clinic (March, 2016)

posted Apr 1, 2016, 12:24 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Apr 1, 2016, 12:24 PM ]
E. is a delightful 4 year old boy who visits our clinic once a week for speech and language treatment.  He comes through the door with a smile on his face and walks straight back to the treatment room, ready to work! E. lives at home with his parents and big brother.  Some of his favorite activities include going to parks, bike riding, hiking, puzzles, play cars and taking baths.  The family was referred to our clinic by family friends who had previously attended.
E.'s mother stated " Our son was a 4 year old who could speak about 100 word approximations which could only be understood by our immediate family.  The breadth of his vocabulary was limited as he was adopted from China and had only been exposed to English for 18 months.  He was able to say some 2 word phrases." 
In November of 2015, E. was seen for his first treatment session and in 3 1/2 months, his progress has been tremendous. When he started, E. had a very limited sound repertoire.  He was using about 8-10 consonant sounds.  His speech consisted mainly of syllables marked by vowel sounds with the occasional consonant mixed in.  In addition to speech that was quite difficult to understand, E. also demonstrated receptive and expressive language skills that were low for his age.   
"What a difference it has made," E.'s mom reports,  " He can now say well over 150 word approximations, uses 4-5 word phrases and sentences and is developing syntax pairing subjects with verbs and his confidence has grown.  He can communicate more of his needs and desires with greater ease and less frustration, which makes for less guessing on our part.  He finds joy in successfully communicating something new, which brings delight to everyone."
Soon after treatment was initiated, E. began to use new consonants and with greater frequency.  It didn't take him long to develop understanding that communication gives him power, allows him to make choices, requests and have fun with those around him.  He is a very interactive little boy and was right from the start.  He just need a more reliable way to communicate to the world.  
Treatment has focused on forming words with different consonant-vowel patterns and to increase the amount and types of words he can use, to form phrases of increasing length.   
Thanks in great part to E.'s loving and supportive family, he is quickly meeting his goals and is becoming ready to move on to more difficult language based goals, in addition to his articulation work.   E.'s mother reported, "My husband and I feel so blessed to have found this clinic for our son as he greatly needs speech services and private therapy is so expensive.  We can't believe we found such a professional and caring speech clinic close to our home, where E. can receive the help he needs."