posted May 23, 2015, 5:50 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 23, 2015, 5:51 PM ]
Julian is a fun and engaging 5 ½ year old boy who comes to our clinic for speech and language therapy.  When Julian was 2 years of age, his parents noticed that they had difficulty understanding his speech.  At that time, he was only able to say about 10 words.  He used gesturing, such as pointing when he couldn’t say the words for what he wanted.  He sometimes showed embarrassment about his speech and had difficulty interacting with other children.  Julian’s mother heard of our clinic while searching online.  She was looking for more services in addition to those he was receiving from his school.  
When Julian began treatment he was in great need of intensive services.  It was nearly impossible for people unfamiliar with his speech to understand what he said.  Julian presented with uncoordinated and decreased motor movements.  It was difficult for him to create the fine motor movements required to speak.  For example, when asked to move his tongue a certain way, he would move his entire head.  He left off many consonant sounds at both the beginning and end of words and most of his vowel sounds were indistinguishable from each other. 
In just a short period of time, Julian has made great improvements!  His mother stated, “It has improved so much, I can understand almost everything he says.”  He is now able to include sounds at the ends of words, which greatly helps others understand him.  Julian is now using a variety of distinguishable consonants and vowel sounds.  He is currently able to place his target therapy words into phrases.  
Julian’s therapy has also been focusing on his oral motor skills and expressive language.  His mother reports that Julian’s treatment has relieved stress in their family and they feel much happier because they know his speech is getting better.  She said, “It has been so rewarding to hear him talk better and see other people understand him.  It has been a great experience for our family.”  
Even though Julian’s treatment has just begun, his progress has already been significant.  His mother stated, “I’m very thankful to get services from this clinic.  Julian has improved so much.  I’m very thankful to Jenna and Angela for helping Julian and being patient with him.”