posted May 26, 2015, 5:12 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 26, 2015, 5:13 PM ]
Osvaldo is an engaging and well-mannered, ten year old young man who has been coming to our clinic for speech and language therapy for the past year.  His mother was referred to the San Jose Scottish Rite clinic by Osvaldo’s teacher.  She brought in Osvaldo and his two brothers for a speech and language screening.  All three boys were placed on our waitlist, and when treatment spots became available only 2 of the boys still needed help.  Osvaldo and his older brother Andrew have both been receiving individual speech and language therapy and occasionally they are seen together, as many of their treatment goals overlap.
Osvaldo’s speech and language goals have spanned across several areas.   One of Osvaldo’s areas of need has been articulation.   He had difficulty with the /s/ and /z/ sounds and produced them with a lisp quality, meaning his tongue placement was too far forward and protruding between his teeth.  Osvaldo has also required help with his expressive and receptive language skills.  It is difficult for Osvaldo to choose the correct vocabulary and grammar to construct sentences and conversation.  He has worked on several grammatical aspects of language such as verb tenses, prepositions and possessive nouns and pronouns.  His goals have also targeted auditory processing deficits such as following directions, sequencing, phonological blending of sounds, word discrimination and word memory.
Improvement has been noted for all of Osvaldo’s goals, especially his articulation skills.  He continues to need help with his language and auditory processing skills.  His mother noted that Osvaldo’s speech and language has improved and that he now speaks clearly and corrects his own errors.  
With his great attitude and willingness to participate, Osvaldo has made and continues to make great progress.  He also receives special services at school to address his speech, language and academic needs.  Osvaldo’s progress has been a result of his combined services as well as the support he receives at home from his family.  He is a joy to work with and continued success is sure to continue!