posted May 19, 2015, 1:20 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 19, 2015, 1:20 PM ]
Shannel is a sweet six year old girl who started speech and language treatment at the San Jose Childhood Language Disorders Clinic secondary to a phonological process disorder which occurs when there are consistent sound error patterns that persist beyond what we would expect for a child’s age. For example, substituting all sounds made in the back of the mouth such as “k” and “g” for sounds made with the front of the mouth, like “t” and “d” is a phonological process that we expect to diminish by three years of age.   Shannel had difficulty with “k” and “g”, consonant clusters, and sounds that needed continuous airflow such as “s” and “f”.   Her parents were concerned because she was not making much progress even after years of speech classes at her public school.
After speech treatment began at our clinic, Shannel’s mother said she started noticing improvement within weeks.  Shannel was “trying and succeeding at many of the sounds she could not make before.”   Her success with treatment at our clinic has made a significant impact on Shannel’s family and her peer relationships.  Her mom reported that “Everyone can understand her. I don’t have to translate for her anymore and she is less frustrated with me.”
Shannel has been enrolled in treatment at our clinic for just under a year.  She comes two times per week and works very hard during her sessions.  The services that Shannel receives at our clinic have been invaluable to her family, “I would never have been able to afford this treatment on our own. It has helped us get her ready for kindergarten and helped me understand what she needed to succeed...She always has fun learning at the Scottish Rite clinic, which makes it all worth it.”
Shannel continues to make progress during her therapy sessions. She now produces most of her sounds in conversational speech and currently is working on expressive grammar.  She is a pleasure to work with and we look forward to continuing to help her and her family.