posted May 15, 2015, 1:49 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 15, 2015, 1:50 PM ]
Lizzie is an endearing four year old girl who receives services at our clinic secondary to a diagnosis of Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Lizzie is a bright, funny girl who has a great sense of humor. She loves to make jokes and to play “tricks” during her therapy sessions. When Lizzie started treatment at our clinic, her parents were concerned about her lack of expressive language as she used approximately 15 words and sounds to communicate. She did not put two-word phrases together, lacked a variety of consonants and vowels, and had difficulty producing a variety of syllable shapes, such as consonant-vowel-consonant words like “dad” or “top”.  Due to her lack of words, Lizzie often became frustrated when she could not say what she wanted. Children with apraxia have a difficult time commanding their mouth to move the way they want it to in order to speak correctly.  They have a problem with the “wiring” of getting the message from their brain to their mouth, which can create significant difficulties in learning to talk and to be understood.
During the past year, Lizzie has made exceptional progress in therapy. Initially treatment focused on expanding her syllable shapes and sound repertoire. For example, Lizzie worked on using a simple word like “up”, which starts with a vowel and ends with a consonant or a word like “bunny”, which has two different consonants with varying vowels.  As Lizzie became more efficient with these tasks, the syllable shapes that she worked on became increasingly more complex. She also worked on putting together simple two- and three-word phrases and expanding the variety of consonants and vowels. Lizzie now uses sentences of up to six words in length and has expanded her sound repertoire substantially.  Currently, she is working on “s”-blends and movement patterns that include sounds produced with the back of her tongue.  We are very proud of Lizzie and all of her accomplishments in therapy!
When her parents were asked about their experience at our clinic, they commented: “We are so thankful for Lizzie’s therapy from Scottish Rite…The speech services are wonderful here. It is run in a very professional manner. I can tell my daughter’s therapist really cares about helping her. We feel so fortunate to have found the Scottish Rite. It has been a lifeline for our family.”