Only four months in, and 2020 has proved itself unparalleled. Amid the chaos and turmoil, an unmistakable light shines through the darkness. During this unprecedented season, much has been put on hold or canceled all together. Nonetheless, the necessity to help children with speech and language disorders continues, as does our commitment to these children and their families. RiteCare Scottish Rite Childhood Language Program clinics provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders, as well as learning disabilities at no cost to the families. Missouri RiteCare is wholly dedicated to maintaining this mission. May serves as a time to raise awareness about communication disorders and available treatment options that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems speaking, understanding, or hearing.
In honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month, we are graciously accepting donations that support these life-changing services to children in need of speech-language therapy. Throughout the entire month of May, The LIGHT Foundation has agreed to match every donation at 100% up to $10,000. Donation processing through The LIGHT Foundation removes any administrative costs and allows 100% of the donor’s gift to go to the RiteCare Program and the children they serve. Your generous tax-deductible donation will be distributed to the Missouri RiteCare Program of your choice or towards the state-wide efforts and initiatives of the Scottish Rite RiteCare program to help children communicate.
One of Missouri RiteCare’s Children
Conducive to the message of resiliency and hope, please enjoy an exclusive look into the inspiring story about a young boy named Kahleb who capitalizes on the fundamentals of speech and language therapy.
At age 3, Kahleb could only babble in his home language of Spanish with sign language to supplement his communication attempts. As his family were deployed in different regions, each doctor, therapist, and stranger kept telling this military family to forget teaching Kahleb Spanish altogether. Someone inexplicably told them, “Spanish isn’t as important as learning how to talk.” Kahleb’s mother firmly disagreed, as her cultural voice and heritage is pivotal to not only hers, but her children’s identities. Since attending therapy at the Walker Scottish Rite Clinic, Kahleb has transformed from socially quiet and observant into a talkative boy who is able to communicate using complete, complex sentences. By building on his home language skills, bilingual therapist Ellie Richter and his parents are helping Kahleb reach his communication potential.
Dedicated Missouri RiteCare Programs
There are several professional Scottish Rite RiteCare affiliated programs in Missouri that all provide free and accessible services to children in need of speech, language and learning therapy:
– Walker Scottish Rite Clinic at Maryville University (St. Louis)
– Robert G. Combs Childhood Language PreSchool at University of MO (Columbia)
– Scottish Rite RiteCare Early Language Literacy Lab at University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg)
– RiteCare Early Literacy Lab at Truman State University (Kirksville)
– United Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Missouri (St. Joseph)
– RiteCare Clinic in Kansas City affiliated with Children’s Mercy Hospital
– Scottish Rite RiteCare services in partnership with the Children’s Miracle Network (Joplin/Springfield)
– Hannibal Regional Hospital’s speech therapy assistance program (Hannibal)