posted May 2, 2015, 7:31 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 2, 2015, 7:34 PM ]
Harry is a delightful four and a half year old boy who has been seen at the San Jose Scottish Rite Speech and Language Clinic two times a week for six months. Harry was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism just before he started treatment at our clinic.  He had a very hard time listening to directions and had difficulty with expressive grammar and vocabulary. He also needed help with social language, such as taking turns during games, using his words to communicate with others, staying on topic during a conversation, or asking and answering questions during play.   Harry is a loving, energetic child who smiles often during therapy and enjoys giving and getting hugs.
Harry has made significant progress in a very short period of time.  He can now follow directions with two steps given some cues and has increased his expressive vocabulary and grammar skills during structured activities with the clinician.  Harry continues to need help with social language, but he is becoming more attuned to his communication partner and is starting to ask and answer questions appropriately during conversations given support.  He is also working on understanding a person’s non-verbal communication, such as facial expressions and eye gaze, to understand what another person is thinking.
Harry’s parents recently filled out a survey about their experience at the clinic. Since Harry’s treatment began, his parents have noted a marked difference, as he “has fewer meltdowns, seems happier and less anxious, and improved relationships with his peers and teachers”.  Harry’s family wrote that his speech and language skills have “improved beyond our wildest dreams”. They are delighted that Harry is asking questions, telling pretend stories and is using his words when he is playing with his peers.
They described their experience at the clinic as “superlative” with “wonderful, caring staff.”  They have also told other parents about the clinic and wrote that they will “continue to advocate for Scottish Rite…We absolutely love [the clinician]…our son has made incredible progress because of her care.”