The Robert L. Douglass Speech and Language Clinic, a program of the California Scottish Rite Foundation provides speech, language, and literacy treatment of childhood language disorders. We support 16 RiteCare Childhood Language Centers in communities across California, free of charge. The Robert L. Douglass Speech and Language Clinic is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, totally reliant on philanthropy from individuals, foundations and corporate partners. We do not receive any state or federal funding.
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Established in 1977, the Robert L. Douglass Speech and Language Clinic has made a lasting difference in the lives of children in Los Angeles and the surrounding communities.
The Robert L. Douglass Speech and Language Clinic, a program of the California Scottish Rite Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, totally reliant on philanthropy from individuals, foundations and corporate partners. We do not receive any state or federal funding. Our services provide life-changing speech, language, and literacy treatment of childhood language disorders free of charge. Services are provided to children ranging from 3 to 18 years of age.
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.
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.
At the RiteCare Childhood Language Center we offer a variety of intervention models to assist children in the development of their expressive and receptive language 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 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.
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).
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.
Help children speak and communicate clearly.
© 2022 by the California Scottish Rite Foundation, a 501c (3) organization. The Federal Tax Number for the California Scottish Rite Foundation is: 94-6078728.
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
c/o Department of Communication Disorders
Robert L. Douglass Speech and Language Clinic
Phone: (323) 343-4754
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To make a contribution by cash or check, please send payments to:
California Scottish Rite Foundation
2100 North Broadway
Santa Ana,CA 92706
Please make checks payable to the California Scottish Rite Foundation, and include “RiteCare CLC Los Angeles” in the memo section.