posted May 15, 2015, 2:44 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 15, 2015, 2:45 PM ]
Paige is an adorable four year old who has been coming to the San Jose Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic two times per week since mid-March 2009. She has been receiving speech and language therapy since she was one year old due to her diagnosis of Down Syndrome. Children with this diagnosis can learn to talk but tend to do so later than their typically developing peers.  These children tend to understand speech (receptive language) much better than they are able to speak (expressive language). In order to help bridge this gap and facilitate her expressive communication, Paige was taught sign language early on. When Paige was initially evaluated at the San Jose Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic, she was communicating primarily via signs/gestures and few words. At the time services were started, Paige’s mom recalls, “She understood objects by name, but now she’s…not just gaining new sounds to form words but the understanding/meaning of her word choices”.
Paige’s expressive language has improved considerably in the short time she has been coming to the clinic. She is now primarily using words and short sentences to express herself and get her needs and wants met.  Additionally, Paige is now using words for several communicative purposes such as commenting, protesting, and asking questions rather than simply labeling objects in her immediate environment. Her family has noted that “her expressive language has dramatically improved. We understand what she is saying most of the time by her use of language. She is much less frustrated and outright opinionated about preferences using words…” Paige has also reportedly made gains in her speech and language goals from the school district, and the team working with her is beginning to recognize her cognitive and language potential. Mom reports, “We all seem to enjoy her so much more as she’s more interactive with new language skills.”
Treatment sessions are primarily play based to encourage and expand on language. Through expansion techniques (taking what Paige says/does and adding to it) Paige’s play skills have improved as she is now playing with multiple objects in multi-step play and is not as rigid and one dimensional in her play skills. Paige and her family have worked with several different clinicians in the past, though remark that Paige’s current therapist “…sees and treats Paige as a whole person with potential for learning, and Paige rises to the occasion.” Paige’s parents state that they would absolutely tell other families about the services provided at the clinic because, “…the therapists can help the children and they are so effective at helping the parents as well. It’s a learning process for us all…everyone is so kind, educated in their fields and have real hearts of service. The long wait to get in is so well worth it.”
Paige’s mom comments, “I am simply so grateful for this place. My daughter does receive speech therapy from school, but I don’t believe she would be this far without your clinic. My heart is filled with gratefulness. Thank you for serving a true need.”