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RiteCare Childhood Language Centers

The RiteCare Childhood Language Centers provide life-changing speech, language, and literacy treatment of childhood language disorders at 14 Language Centers in communities across California, free of charge.

These services are vitally important to children who struggle daily with the task of speaking clearly, reading and writing. Many of whom become used to being teased, ignored, or even scolded when they want to say something, when attempting to read, or when asked to write. Yet, countless children are inappropriately socially promoted from one grade level to the next and suffer from extremely low self-confidence and have difficulty succeeding academically.

Each year over 2,000 children receive therapy by licensed Speech Pathologists at the 14 RiteCare Centers in California at an annual cost of approximately $2,400,000.00.

Checklist for Typical Speech & Language Development

By 1-2 years a child should follow simple directions, point to several body parts, combine two words, and ask simple questions.

By 2-3 a child should follow a two-step command, understand simple opposites, use 2-3 word sentences, and have a word for almost everything. The following sounds are produced: n, m, p, h, w, b.

By 3-4 a child should answer who, what, where, and why questions, talk about things he/she does, and use frequent sentences with 5 or more words. The sounds listed above should be present, in addition to k, g, i, d and ng. The child should be understood most of the time.

By 4-5 a child should pay attention to a story and answer simple questions about it. He/she should understand most of what is said at home and school. He/she should talk in detailed sentences and tell stories that sound the same as the rest of the family. Almost all sounds are mastered with the exception of a few (like /r/ and “th”).

Parents know their children best. If you are concerned about your child’s communication in any way, give a RiteCare Childhood Language Center a call. They are here to answer your questions and there is no charge.

RiteCare Childhood Language Centers in your area can be located by clicking here.

Activities

TALK!

Parents should talk to their children from the earliest months of life. Babies especially enjoy listening to mothers and fathers who talk to them during activities such as bathing and feeding.

READ!

Take time to read to your children each day. Even infants enjoy story time with high-interest picture books. Choose age-appropriate books and other reading materials readily available from your public library.

LISTEN!

Listen to your children and encourage them to engage in conversations with family members and other children. Children will make mistakes in speech and language as they develop new skills; parents should avoid discouraging children’s development by overcorrecting these mistakes.

Monitor your child’s speech and language development relative to age-specific language development expectations. Pediatricians/primary care physicians, public health clinics, and public libraries have child development materials including developmental expectations for speech and language.

Take an interest in your child’s school activities and participate in homework assignments. Parents should encourage independent problem solving and praise children for completing difficult assignments.

Parents are a child’s most important role model. Parents can demonstrate that listening, reading, writing, and learning are enjoyable, lifelong activities. Parents should set aside quiet time for independent reading for themselves and their school age children each day.

Parents can request a hearing test and speech and language evaluation if they are concerned about their child’s development. Free screenings are available through the various Childhood Language Centers in California. You may contact the California Scottish Rite Foundation.

For the Location of a Childhood Language Center in your area, click here.

Letter From a Parent

“It is difficult to find words to express thanking you for saving our child’s life. This is what you have done. You took our beloved child, destined for failure and heartache, and pointed him in the direction of happiness and success.

Two years ago, he could not read. He could not speak in sentences combining phrases or utilizing words containing more than one syllable. Of course, he suffered greatly, and had no confidence, and no joy. Socially he was withdrawn and depressed. He had continuing series of nervous “tics.” Today our beautiful son is reading at grade level and talking with enthusiasm and the flow of a child who is experiencing life. He received much help from his school, but the major change in performance was due to the RiteCare Language Center that he attended. Our son will be entering fourth grade in a regular class this fall (minus tics). He still needs reassurance, possibly some tutoring, but he has tasted achievement. He tasted it in your clinic! The sweet savor of it will motivate him to work harder the rest of his life. You gave our son the gift of success.

Though I’ve found some words, to be sure, they still feel inadequate. With all the sophisticated expressions taught in early form in your very own clinic, there is simply no written symbol sufficient to demonstrate the appreciation which our entire family feels for all you have done for our beautiful boy.  Thank you for saving his life!”

Letter from a grateful parent.

Each year the 14 RiteCare Childhood Language Centers provide services to over 2,300 children with speech, language and literacy disorders. These services are provided free of charge. There are many children on the waiting lists to receive therapy. Please support the RiteCare Childhood Language Centers of California, a program of the California Scottish Rite Foundation so that they may receive the therapy they desperately need.