posted May 3, 2015, 6:17 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 3, 2015, 6:17 PM ]
Oliver is a delightful 4-year-old boy who has received therapy services at the Scottish Rite Language Disorders clinic for the past year. When his mother first brought him to our clinic, his speech was very difficult to understand. Oliver was diagnosed with a mild hearing loss in both ears, which was treated with the placement of bilateral tubes. In many cases, hearing loss can result in speech and language delays due to the lack of auditory stimulation both in terms of what the child is hearing and in feedback of their own speech.
Oliver was displaying the phonological process of initial consonant deletion, meaning he left off nearly all of the sounds at the beginning of his words. At that time, Oliver was a very bright 3-year-old boy with a lot to say. His expressive and receptive language skills were above average for his age. As Oliver used more and more complex sentences to communicate, he became harder and harder to understand. Oliver was seen once a week and made steady progress. In April of this year, he was discharged from therapy after meeting all of his goals. While we are very proud of his success, his cute smile and laugh is missed on Monday mornings.
In a parent survey, Oliver’s mother stated, “Our conversations are greatly improved and he is understood by nearly everyone he meets.  He is now confident enough to initiate conversations.”  She stated, “It was most rewarding to see the improvements while still seeing the enjoyment on Oliver’s face.  He loves coming here and never wants to leave.”   His mother stated that she has passed on information to other parents about the clinic and said, “ The environment is friendly and welcoming for the children and parents and we have seen excellent results”.  Oliver’s mother expressed her gratitude in the following thank you note:
Thank you for all your help and support over the past year in helping Oliver improve with his speech. He has become more confident and outgoing and is growing into a very social little boy, and I know that a large part of this is due to his improved language skills. Thank you for everything.