posted May 3, 2015, 7:11 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 3, 2015, 7:11 PM ]
The Scottish Rite Speech and Language Clinic is an essential resource for parents who would not otherwise have access to treatment. In order for children to begin receiving services at our clinic they must first participate in a screening to assess their speech and language skills.  Since the beginning of 2008 the clinic has screened 50 children for services.
During the screening process parents are briefly interviewed regarding their child’s speech and language development as well as their child’s general development since birth.  We carefully review other documents, such as Individual Education Plans from school and previous evaluations, to help guide our decisions about the type of therapy that would most benefit the child.  We use a standardized screening document based on the child’s age to determine their skill level in the five areas of speech and language development, including: making sounds in words, understanding language, using language to express wants/needs, social communication, voice, and movement of their mouth to make sounds. During the screening we also play with the child to assess their speech and language skills in less structured activities.
Recently the clinic received a letter from a parent whose daughter, Sarah, was screened at our clinic.  While we have not had an opportunity to work with Sarah because of the clinic’s extensive waitlist, we are hoping to start speech and language treatment with her in the near future.  She is just one of the many children that our clinic can help.

Dear Rachel,
Thank you so much for taking time to screen Sarah.  She had a great time with you.  When we got home, she asked when will she be going back for more.  I told her maybe this summer.  At bedtime, she asked again and she told me how she liked playing Snack Shack and she wanted Rachel for my speech teacher.  I told her, we needed to pray for more speech therapists to come help you. At least once a day she has mentioned or asked about going back or having fun with Rachel.  Wow, you made quite an impression.
Last year, I was helping two of my children’s classmates look for speech/language services and summer schools.  As I was asking around at church, someone mentioned how Scottish Rite helped her sons many years ago. So I did some research for them. They have been very pleased with you, and with the progress of their children. One mom thanks me when we get together. She shares how healing and refreshing you have been after her struggles with the public schools. I didn’t think I would be in the same place they were last year looking for help.
Thank you again,  Cindy C.