posted May 23, 2015, 1:54 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 23, 2015, 1:54 PM ]
Rhys is a delightful six year old who is currently coming to the San Jose Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic two times per week. Prior to receiving services at the clinic Rhys had been receiving early intervention speech and language therapy through San Andreas Regional Center due to his diagnosis of Down Syndrome. Children with this diagnosis often learn to talk later then their typically developing peers. These children usually have an easier time understanding speech (receptive language) than they are able to speak (expressive language). In order to help encourage expressive communication, Rhys was taught sign language paired with oral communication at an early age. When Rhys was initially assessed at our clinic, his mother reported that he “used a lot of sign language.” At the time services were initiated, Rhys’ mom recalls, “The words he did have were mostly understood by family members or those who spent a lot of time with him.”
Rhys’ expressive language has improved greatly since he began treatment at the clinic. He is now primarily using two word phrases to express himself. In addition, Rhys is using his two word phrases for several communicative intents such as initiating conversations, protesting, requesting and displaying humor. Rhy’s mom reported, “Rhys has truly blossomed since beginning treatment at the clinic. Angela has identified problem areas and given us probable reasons for the problems; ie; movement of his tongue and jaw. Because of this, we are able to work with him at home and know what we are looking for to improve his speech.”
Treatment sessions are often based around play activities in order to motivate Rhys while expanding on his already present expressive and receptive language skills. Rhys and his family have worked with two clinicians while receiving services at the clinic. Rhys’ mother stated, “Angela and Jenna have truly been helping Rhys learn to communicate not merely speak. My hope as a parent is for Rhys to be able to confidently communicate and socially engage with those around him, not merely speak words by rote. Through games they have found a way to more successfully teach Rhys to communicate and enjoy himself while doing it.”
 Rhys’ mother comments, “The Scottish Rite Clinic has truly been a blessing for us. With each new word/series of words Rhys has, we are reminded of all Rhys’ capabilities, not his limitations. Our experience has been wonderful. The therapists provide a warm and nurturing atmosphere where Rhys enjoys learning. I would absolutely tell others about the clinic! The therapists are all so caring and attentive to the kids while they are helping them to develop better communication skills. Jenna has been wonderful in Angela’s absence. We feel so lucky to have the opportunity to work with such caring therapists.”