posted May 27, 2015, 6:08 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 27, 2015, 6:08 PM ]
Nathan is a sweet, energetic six year old boy whose parents brought him to the San Jose Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic due to concerns about his intelligibility. His parents reported, “We were not able to make out what he was saying at times and had to ask him to repeat himself. Sometimes, we just never figured out what he was saying.” His mom also said that he would often get frustrated when he 
wasn’t understood.
Nathan was given a standardized test which compared his sound productions to those of other typically developing children. His testing showed that he demonstrated a mild-moderate articulation disorder. Some of the sounds that Nathan had difficulty with included /l/, /sh/, /ch/ and /r/. He also spoke with a rapid rate of speech which often impacted his intelligibility when coupled with the sound difficulties. While Nathan needed help with some of his sounds, his receptive and expressive language was within normal limits as compared to age-matched peers. Thus, treatment could focus on his articulation skills and using “turtle speech” during a variety of turn-taking games to reduce his rate of speech and increase intelligibility.  
Nathan received weekly treatment for about eight months to work on the /l/, /sh/ and /ch/ sounds. He learned how to place his lips and tongue to produce the sounds with things like peanut butter and pretzels, which Nathan loved! He also used silly putty to show him how to reduce his fast rate of speech. Nathan’s treatment sessions would also often include play with Legos. He always built the coolest Lego designs!  
Nathan was such a hard worker that he is now ready to be discharged from treatment! When his mother was asked about her experience at the clinic, she commented that “Rachel is wonderful and very engaging to my son. We love her and my son looks forward to his session with her every week…This is such a great place! They’re providing such a great service to kids who need it and enable them to have better communication with everyone around them.
” Congratulations, Nathan! We wish you and your family all the best!