posted May 14, 2015, 12:18 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 14, 2015, 12:18 PM ]
Maddie is an endearing five year old who was diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech just before she started treatment at our clinic.  Children with apraxia have a difficult time commanding their mouth to move the way they want it to in order to speak correctly.  Apraxia isn’t a problem with weak muscles. The problem is with the “wiring” or getting the message from their brain to their mouth. When a child has apraxia, it can create significant problems in learning to talk and to be understood. Children with apraxia of speech need more intensive therapy to achieve results and progress can sometimes be slow. Like Maddie, children with apraxia struggle with articulation, but they also have difficulty putting sentences together and using grammatical rules correctly. Often they have a high degree of frustration and can become self-conscious and withdraw in social situations or become shy. This was true of Maddie. Her mother reported that Maddie “experienced much frustration and sadness when she was unable to connect verbally with friends.” Since starting at the San Jose Scottish Rite Childhood Speech and Language Clinic, Maddie’s mother stated that she has made “huge leaps and bounds in her speech! She looks forward to her sessions with Rachel…People close to our family have noticed steady improvement in Maddie’s speech.”
During the past year Maddie has worked very hard in treatment. She has learned how to produce new sounds and to put those sounds into longer words. She has also worked on specific syllable movements that were nearly impossible for Maddie when she first started treatment.  Words with front-to-back synthesis, such as “doggie”, “digging”, “talking”, and “duck” were produced as “goggie”, “gigging, “kalking” and “guck”.  Now, Maddie is gaining more control of this movement pattern.  She has also made strong gains with grammar, such as using “is” and “I” in sentences.  She is now working on telling short story sequences.  Maddie’s mother has noticed that Maddie “is proud of her contributions” when speaking with her family and is “becoming more confident when speaking with peers.”
“Finding the clinic has been a huge blessing for us. It is hard to find the words to properly express our gratitude for the Scottish Rite Speech and Language Clinic.  Thank you so much!”