The RiteCare Childhood Language Centers of California, a program of the California Scottish Rite Foundation provides speech, language, and literacy treatment of childhood language disorders at 16 RiteCare Childhood Language Centers in communities across California, free of charge. The RiteCare Childhood Language Center 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.
The RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Sacramento, established in 1987, serves children residing within the Sacramento Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry service area—which extends from Sacramento north to the Oregon state line and east to the Nevada state line.
The RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Sacramento provides diagnostic and treatment services for children with delays in the acquisition of speech and language skills, including the language based reading disability known as developmental dyslexia. Services are provided free of charge. Masonic affiliation is not required.
The RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Sacramento offers speech-language-learning evaluations and therapy to children ages 18 months to 12 years of age. Services are provided in weekly, one-on-one sessions or in small groups, by our team of licensed and credentialed speech and language pathologists.
We believe that all children should have access to needed speech, language and literacy resources and are committed to providing all of our services without charge to qualifying families. We rely on the time, effort and resources of our local community to sustain the RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Sacramento. Consider joining our community of supporters.
Serving Sacramento Children & Families Since 1987
A child with a speech and language disorder has a special kind of developmental learning disability. Such children are often of average or above average intelligence but have not acquired speech or language in a normal manner. Their challenges may range from a mild articulation delay, severe expressive and/or receptive language difficulty to deficits in literacy. Some of these children have difficulty understanding or remembering what is said to them. Others may understand, but cannot easily express their own wishes and thoughts clearly. The effects of these deficits can be devastating emotionally, socially and academically to children and their families if the problem is not treated at an early age.
THERAPY SESSION DETAILS
Individual 50-minute therapy sessions are scheduled on a once-weekly basis. Intervention is ongoing and year-round for up to 18 months as determined to be appropriate to meet a child’s needs.
Summer-only sessions are not available.
The Center also serves as a training site, providing internships for university students studying the field of Speech Language Pathology.
The following is descriptive of children seen at the RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Sacramento:
Language delays with no apparent cause
Auditory/Language processing deficits
Normal hearing in at least one ear
The RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Sacramento does not serve children whose learning difficulties are primarily related to:
Diagnosed syndromes such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Cleft Palate, Muscular Dystrophy
Apraxia, dependent on severity
Cognitive Impairment/ Developmental Delay
PDD or Autism
Articulation only (specific sounds such as /s/, /r/, or /l/)
Severe Oral Motor issues/ Feeding issues
Children between eighteen months and twelve years of age are eligible for services
Eligibility is determined by our assessments or those provided by other agencies
Child and at least one parent or caregiver must speak English
Child must have at least one parent, guardian, or concerned adult who is prepared to follow through with a consistent program
Consistent attendance is mandatory
Children with behavior or attention issues that negatively impact the effectiveness of therapy may not be accepted or will be discontinued.
WHO WE SERVE
The RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Sacramento Forms and Application Process
The following forms must be completed and returned to this Center before any review of the child’s file can begin. Forms may be submitted by email, fax or US Postal Services. Forms are not formatted for online completion.
Additional Forms Upon Request
Speech & Language Therapy Questionnaire – is to be completed by a treating speech/language pathologist. When available, please submit copies of any reports pertaining to the child’s language.
Teacher Questionnaire – is to be completed by classroom teacher. Please include copies of assessment reports, Individual Education Plans (IEP) and psycho-educational assessments when available.
The Evaluation Process
At the RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Sacramento, information about a child's skills and abilities is obtained through formal evaluation, observation and review of submitted assessments and reports. An evaluation allows the determination of strengths and weaknesses in oral language (understanding and expression), pre-reading and reading, and written language skills. Observations of strategies utilized by the child during the testing process are an integral component of the evaluation process. Age and grade equivalencies as well as standard scores and percentile rankings are reported when available.
A child's therapy goals are developed based on our clinical team’s experience in a variety of settings, current research and application of techniques and strategies from a myriad of resources. Remediation within skill areas includes the utilization of strengths to support areas that are relatively weak for the child. The Center’s approach to therapy includes input in various modalities of learning (e.g. visual-auditory-kinesthetic-tactile), and teaches the child to use his/her preferred mode with the support of other areas. We address language skills including listening and identifying important information, organizing academic information, expressing thoughts and ideas through appropriate word usage and description, narrative language, and responding to higher-level material which is utilized within the academic environment. Preschool language skills primarily address receptive/expressive language, early/basic concept development and pre-literacy.
A structured multi-sensory approach is utilized in the instruction of reading. Often referred to as Orton-Gillingham-based or Structured Literacy. Instruction in this area is addressed beginning with early skills such as phonological awareness training (increasing the manipulation of sounds, syllables, and words). Sound-symbol association skills are increased through understanding the production of sounds and how they are sequenced within words.
Our Sacramento language therapists work with students and their family members to demystify the areas of difficulty in order to reduce frustration. Research shows that when students learn to understand their challenges in light of their strengths, remedial programs are far more beneficial to them.
Learn more about the RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Sacramento's services:
Call our office today at (916) 731-4357.
DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT
© 2023 by the California Scottish Rite Foundation, a 501c (3) organization. The Federal Tax Number for the California Scottish Rite Foundation is: 94-6078728.
6151 H Street Sacramento, CA 95819
The RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Sacramento
Phone: (916) 731-4357
What do I do if I suspect my child has a speech or language problem?
Contact our Center and discuss your concerns to see if your child requires an initial screening, evaluation and/or therapy.
What is the application process for enrollment?
Contact the Language Center to discuss your concerns.
Complete and submit all necessary paperwork.
Your child's file will be reviewed and determination of need for further assessment will be made.
If assessment is required, your child's name will be placed on a waiting list for evaluation.
If assessment is not required, your child's name will be placed on the waiting list for therapy.
How does my child qualify for therapy at your Center?
After identification of a speech language learning deficit, our Center will provide services specifically designed for your child. Children seen at this Center typically present with speech language learning, including dyslexia, phonological processing, and auditory processing problems. An initial six-week diagnostic period of therapy is utilized upon enrollment to further determine child’s specific current needs and therapy is continued if determined appropriate.
If my child qualifies how often can he/she be seen?
Children are usually scheduled for one 50-minute session per week.
Can my child be seen immediately or do you have a waiting list?
All children's names are put on an initial intake waiting list in the order of date of completed file review. When an opening for evaluation occurs, you will be contacted.
How much do services cost?
All services of the RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Sacramento are provided free of charge. The Center is funded by members and friends of the Sacramento Scottish Rite Freemasonry, the California Scottish Rite Foundation, from the unsolicited donations from families utilizing the services of the Center, and from the general public.
How can I help as a parent?
You have already taken the first step by finding out more about your child's development so that you can continue to advocate for your child. It's also beneficial to take the time to read to your child, play games, and verbally interact with your child every day. Be sure to communicate with your child's daycare provider, teacher, therapist, or other service provider for more direction.
What is your scheduling policy?
School-aged children (1st grade and up) will be scheduled for afternoon appointments between 1:00 and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Pre-school, Kindergarten and Homeschooled children may be scheduled for morning appointments between 9am and 12pm, Monday through Friday.
Evaluations are generally offered mornings, between 9am and 12pm, Monday through Friday.
Three appointment times will be offered. If none of the three appointment offerings are accepted, no further services will be offered.
Do you offer a summer program?
Services are offered on a year-round basis. Students are not enrolled for summer only.