Since 1982, the RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Stockton has been providing speech and language therapy, without charge, to children 12 months to 18 years of age.
Speech and language disorders in children occur regardless of social status, health, or mental well-being. The financial impact on families is tremendous and often is not covered by health insurance or other social assistance agencies.
The RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Stockton has operated in partnership with the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of the Pacific, since 1997 and is dedicated to helping these children – providing services at no cost to families. With the Corona 19 Virus Pandemic, the manner of providing therapy has adopted to telecommuting therapy. Although a different format than used in the past, the end goal is the same. Individual attention is given to each child’s specific needs.
Childhood Language Center
The Center is a philanthropic program of the California Scottish Rite Foundation. Contributions are tax deductible order section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue code. Tax deductible donations are always welcome. Speech and language therapy services are offered to all children in need regardless of race, creed or religion. All services are provided free to charge to children under the age of 18 years with funding from the California Scottish Rite Foundation.
When parents are concerned that their child may have a challenge with speech or language, the University of the Pacific conducts a full diagnostic evaluation to determine eligibility for the program. A treatment plan is established to determine the approach of providing the therapy in the most beneficial manner. A team approach is still employed to give the child the most productive therapy.
If you have a child, who might be in need of speech-language therapy, contact the Language Center at (209) 946-3121 for further information and/or an application.
Stockton Scottish Rite Language Center
The Stockton Scottish Rite Language Center has been operated in partnership with the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of the Pacific since 1997.
The Stockton Scottish Rite Language Center receives referrals from numerous sources including physicians, health professionals, patient referrals, and the yellow pages. More than 100 children are normally seen for therapy each week.
After a referral is received, the following occurs:
An intake form is mailed to the parent or guardian.
The intake form is returned to the Stockton Scottish Rite Language Center., then the child is placed on the waiting list for an evaluation (The wait list is approximately 6 months).
An evaluation is scheduled and upon completion of the evaluation, the child is placed on the waiting list for therapy if warranted.
The evaluation is approximately a 2-hour process which involves a parent interview, formal and informal assessments, and a discussion of preliminary results with the parents, followed by a written report of the evaluation.
Therapy sessions are held twice a week during the academic year, with each session being 50 minutes in length. The Spring semester begins in mid-January, the Summer semester begins in early June, and the Fall semester begins in early September.
an interruption in the rhythm of speech characterized by hesitation, repetitions or prolongation of sounds, syllables, words or phrases.
difficulties making sounds correctly. Like stuttering, these problems often begin in childhood and become lifelong challenges. They may occur in life as a result of stroke, injury or illness.
are sometimes experienced by children who are slow to develop adequate vocabulary and grammar. These disorders can include difficulty making sense of the environment, comprehending spoken language or communicating thoughts, feeling and experiences.
apparent when people speak too high or too low, or when the quality of the voice is affected (such as having a hoarse, breathy or nasal voice).
Speech-language pathologists work in small group settings or one-on-one with children who require their services.
Student clinicians are seniors and graduate students working on their bachelor's or master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
They are supervised by nationally-certified, state-licensed speech language pathology and audiology faculty members.
Faculty members hold either a master’s or doctoral degree in their field and have extensive clinical experience.
Speech-language pathologists also work with parents and other professionals to ensure the child's communication needs are being met.
Reminders for Parents
For Good Speach and Language...
Talk to your child. Talk about what you are doing, what you see, what your child is doing, and what your child sees.
Take time to listen to your child. Respond to what is said so your child knows you have been listening.
Don't push your child to learn to talk. Accept some speech mistakes as your child develops. Don't ask your child to slow down or repeat.
Have your child's hearing tested if your find you have to repeat yourself a lot or have to talk loudly to get your child's attention.
Seek professional help if you're unsure. Never wait to get help for your child if you suspect a problem. You know more about your child than anyone.