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The RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Coachella Valley, is a private, nonprofit organization that has provided millions of dollars in services to thousands of children since 1981. We are one of 17 RiteCare Language Programs throughout California supported by the California Scottish Rite Foundation. Help ensure the future of our children by making a contribution today!


To make a contribution by cash or check, please send payments to:

RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Coachella Valley

42600 Cook Street

Suite 210,

Palm Desert, CA 92211

Please make checks payable to the California Scottish Rite Foundation, and include “RiteCare CLC Coachella Valley” in the memo section.

Letter from a grateful parent:

You Can Make a Difference!

“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.”

Established in 2004, the RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Coachella Valley has made a lasting difference in the lives of children in the surrounding communities. The RiteCare Childhood Language Center provides life-changing speech, language, and literacy treatment of childhood language disorders free of charge.  Services are provided to children ranging from 18 months to 18 years of age.

Our Programs

Speech is how words and sounds are produced and include the following:

Articulation is how clearly we say sounds. Some children cannot say the /r/ or /l/ sound and need help to improve their articulation skills.

Fluency is the flow, smoothness, and rate of speech.  A disfluency is a break in the flow of speech, which is common for everyone.  Stuttering occurs when there are more breaks or dysfluencies than is typical.

Voice is how we use our breath and our vocal folds to produce sound.  The quality of child’s voice can become harsh if there is over-use from shouting, vocal pitch can be too high or too low, and voices can be too soft or too loud.

At the RiteCare Childhood Language Center we offer a variety of intervention models to assist children in the development of their speech skills. A majority of the time, children are seen in one-on-one intensive therapy sessions year-round. When appropriate, children may participate in small group therapy sessions to help generalize skills to new and more challenging settings.

All speech therapy programs are individualized.  Sessions are conducted by our licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist.  Speech therapy can improve the correct production of sounds, improve the flow of speech, and improve vocal quality and pitch.  We can help your child gain the skills they need to be a success in school and beyond.

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Language is how we use words to form ideas and then share them.

  • Language is expressive, sharing thoughts and ideas.

  • Language is receptive, understanding what others say.

  • Language is semantics, what words mean. Some words have more than one meaning.

  • Language is syntax, putting words in the correct order.

  • Language is morphology, changing word meaning by adding sounds (i.e. “eat- eats- eating” or “done-undone-redone”).

  • Language is social.  We all need to know what to say, when to say it, and how to say it to be socially appropriate.

All language therapy programs are individualized. Sessions are conducted by our licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Language therapy can improve your child’s expressive language, so they can express their thoughts, ideas, and feelings and become an effective communicator. Language therapy can also improve your child’s receptive language skills so they can better understand instructions at home, in the classroom, and during extracurricular activities and enjoy success in all areas of life.

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Literacy is the ability to read and write.

Reading is a multifaceted process to make meaning from print.

Writing is the process of generating text.

The following skills are required for successful reading and writing:

Phonemic Awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate the sounds in spoken words.  Understanding that spoken words and syllables are made up of discrete sounds.

Phonics instruction teaches children that specific sounds belong to specific letters or specific letter patterns.

Reading fluency is the ability to read with consistent speed, accuracy, and expression.  Children read fluently when they are able to recognize words automatically and are no longer focused on how to read.

Vocabulary is knowledge of words and their meaning. A strong vocabulary assists with reading comprehension.

Reading Comprehension is the ability for a child to understand what they have read as well as to understand what they have written.

Spelling is the forming of words from letters according to accepted rules. Learning to spell and learning to read rely on the same underlying knowledge (i.e. relationships between letters and sounds).

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Help Children Find Their Voice

The California Scottish Rite Foundation is dedicated to support and assist children in California by providing childhood speech-language, literacy and education programs for a lifetime of improved communication and confidence.




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© 2024 by the California Scottish Rite Foundation, a 501c (3) organization. The Federal Tax Number for the California Scottish Rite Foundation is: 94-6078728.

42600 Cook Street, Suite 210, Palm Desert, CA 92211

The RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Coachella Valley

Phone: (760) 341-6208



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Tina Burns Portrait

San Diego RiteCare Center Director

Tina Burns M.A., CCC-SLP

Tina has been a speech-language pathologist since 2005 and has been working at the San Diego RiteCare Childhood Language Center since October 2007. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University in 2003, and her Master of Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati in 2005. Tina holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and is licensed as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of California.


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