posted May 22, 2015, 3:21 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 22, 2015, 3:21 PM ]
Valentina is a sweet five year old girl who comes to the San Jose Scottish Rite Speech & Language Clinic twice per week for therapy.  For the last nine months, Valentina has worked hard on her goals both here at the clinic and at home with her parents.  Despite severe delays in her receptive and expressive language as well articulation, she did not qualify for speech and language therapy at school.  Her parents heard about our clinic from Valentina’s Early Start program, which served her until three years of age.  
Initially, Valentina was very quiet and reserved during therapy.  It took her a long time to warm up to her therapist and she could still be described as having a shy, quiet personality.  Despite her oftentimes quiet nature, Valentina has made progress over the course of her treatment.  Valentina and her family primarily speak Spanish at home.  She is exposed to some English at home and goes to an English based preschool program.  It can be normal for children who are bilingual to experience a delay in their second language; however Valentina has demonstrated a delay in speech and language skills that affect both Spanish and English.  Prior to starting therapy her mom stated, “ Valentina could not pronounce many words and she had trouble expressing herself.”  
Over the last nine months, Valentina’s goals have focused on increasing her comfort level and interactions with the therapist, age appropriate vocabulary, question answering, commenting, greetings, requests, body part identification and age appropriate speech sounds.  
Her mom expressed, “Valentina is now more comfortable to speak with other people.  She understands when someone asks her something and she is now able to pronounce more words.  For us it has been helpful as we now understand her better and she feels more secure talking.”    
It has been amazing to watch the dramatic change in Valentina’s behavior, comfort level and speech and language development.  She still has some “shy” days but overall she seems much more confident and eager to express herself.  Her mother stated, “My experience at the clinic has been wonderful.  It would have been impossible for me to give her therapy elsewhere.   The clinic has been so helpful to my daughter and our family…….I really want to say thank you so much!”