posted May 22, 2015, 2:49 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 22, 2015, 2:49 PM ]
Ty is an energetic, fun-loving four year old boy who began receiving services at the San Jose Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Clinic because his parents were concerned about his intelligibility. Ty’s parents noticed that his decreased intelligibility was affecting his self-confidence and that he was getting frustrated or would shut down when people did not understand him. Ty was tested at our clinic and was found to have a mild articulation disorder. His receptive and expressive language skills were also tested and were found to be within normal limits. Ty had lots of things to say, he was just having a hard time making himself understood.
Given Ty’s age at the time of testing, some of his speech errors were normal for a child his age, but other error patterns were not. His speech errors could be classified as phonological in nature, meaning he had groups of sounds that were being misarticulated based on a particular pattern. For example, Ty was using pre-vocalic voicing in which all of the initial sounds of words were voiced when they were not supposed to be. Thus, he would say “bop” for “pop” or “dop” for “top”. In addition, Ty used the phonological process of velar fronting so that “cup” was pronounced as “dup” and “frog” was pronounced as “fod”.  Tyler used many other phonological processes, but in therapy we focused treatment on these two patterns to help increase intelligibility as quickly as possible.
Since treatment was initiated, Ty has made exceptional gains. He has stopped using the phonological process of pre-vocalic voicing and has almost discontinued using velar fronting. Recently he used velar sounds correctly in his spontaneous speech with nearly 80% accuracy! Once he achieves at least 85% to 90% accuracy in his spontaneous speech for at least 3 to 4 consecutive weeks, Ty will have mastered his velar sounds too.
His parents have noticed an improvement with Ty’s speech as well. They commented that “being able to clearly understand what he is saying has been very rewarding….Ms. Rachel has been an excellent speech therapist for our son. He is learning so much every week and enjoys going to see her.”