posted May 20, 2015, 4:37 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 20, 2015, 4:37 PM ]
Max is an 8 year old boy who began receiving services at the San Jose Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic secondary to an articulation and fluency disorder.  His parents were concerned about Max’s production of his /r/ and /l/ sounds, as well as his lack of confidence at school because he was being teased about his stuttering.
Max was always a hard worker in therapy.  He learned how to produce his /l/ and /r/ sounds using a variety of techniques to show him where and how to move his tongue. For example, after Max had mastered his /l/ sounds, he was taught how to make a /r/ sound by sliding his tongue to the back of his mouth after saying a /l/.   
His stuttering therapy incorporated his whole family, which includes six siblings.  All of his siblings with the exception of his youngest sister participated in therapy. They learned how to help Max use fluency shaping techniques at home to decrease his stuttering. Some of the techniques they learned were how to slow down the rate of speech using “easy speech”, taking pauses before answering a question which is also called “wait time”, using voluntary easy bumps in speech which helps a person who stutters feel in control of their stuttering, taking turns during conversation, using appropriate eye contact, and using “pull-out” which is when you stay with the sound you are stuck on and then ease out of the tension to continue saying the word.  All of these techniques take lots of practice and Max became proficient with all of them!
In addition, Max talked about his attitudes and emotions related to his stuttering and was able to recognize that stuttering is not “bad”, it’s just different, and there are things that a person can do to feel more in control of their speech.  By the end of his treatment, Max was much more open with his parents about his stuttering and had gained more confidence with his speech.
His parents commented that since Max’s treatment started his stuttering has been significantly reduced and that “he now has skills to deal with his disorder…on his own daily.”  The impact of treatment has not only affected Max, but it has affected his family as well, “Our treatment here has impacted our family greatly. It has taught us skills to help Max…teaching us to slow down our life style and speech and allow him to speak freely without interruption.” His parents further commented that they have recommended our clinic to other parents because of Max’s success, “Rachel was a wonderful teacher and became a great friend to Max. He was able to confide in her and will be greatly missed.”
Max recently graduated from speech treatment and we wish him all the best! 
Congratulations, Max!