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Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Center

About Our Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorders Center
The primary focus at the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorder Center is to serve children with communicative impairments and disorders. Referrals come from numerous sources including teachers, physicians, health professionals, community referrals and the yellow pages.

If you or someone you care about is interested in services from the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorder Center:

  • Contact the office manager at 209.946.3121 for a referral packet.
  • Return the completed referral packet.
  • You will be contacted as soon as an appointment time for a diagnostic evaluation is available.

Our therapy sessions are held twice a week, with each session being 60 minutes in length. We operate on a semester basis-Spring semester begins in mid-January, and Fall semester begins in early September. Each session runs for approximately a 12-week period.

Our services are provided free of charge thanks to the Scottish Rite Foundation.

Who provides the therapy services?
The clinicians at are seniors and graduate students. The student clinicians are supervised by certified, licensed speech-language pathologists.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide quality speech-language pathology services to individuals of the community utilizing best practices, current research and individualized client-centered treatment planning.

What disorders do we treat?

Fluency disorders: An interruption in the rhythm of speech characterized by hesitation, repetitions or prolongation of sounds, syllables, words or phrases. Stuttering is a fluency disorder.

Language disorders: These may include difficulty with understanding spoken language, understanding written language, or understanding the rules and contexts (pragmatics) of communication. Language impairments may also include difficulty in remembering, organizing, formulating, and expressing oneself in words, phrases, or sentences to convey basic needs, feelings, and thoughts.

Speech impairments: These may include difficulty in planning, producing, and coordinating the sounds of speech for clear, efficient, and effective communication.

Voice impairments: These may be due to organic, functional, or neurological origins that have impact on the breathing, voicing, resonating, and articulating systems of communication.

Cognitive impairments: These include thinking problems affected by attention, concentration, memory, retention, organization, sequencing, judgment, problem-solving, and decision-making limitations. Sometimes thinking impairments occur with other communicative impairments.

Hearing impairments: These may be acquired or organic hearing loss that may be addressed through aural rehabilitation. Habilitation after a cochlear implant is included in this category.