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The RiteCare Childhood Language Center of San Diego, is a private, nonprofit organization that has provided millions of dollars in services to thousands of children in San Diego County 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:

San Diego RiteCare Childhood Language Center
ATTN: Business Development Department
1895 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108

Please make checks payable to the California Scottish Rite Foundation, and include “San Diego RiteCare CLC” 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.”

The RiteCare Childhood Language Center of San Diego, located in Mission Valley, opened in 1981. Since opening, we have provided services to thousands of children in the San Diego area. Our services are provided by licensed, board-certified speech-language pathologists. Speech-language pathology evaluations and therapy are provided for a variety of communication disorders. Each child who is accepted into our program receives up to $7,000 in services and all treatment is offered to families free of charge.


The RiteCare Childhood Language Center of San Diego provides life-changing speech and language therapy services to children ages 2-12 in San Diego who have communication disorders, with no required fees to their families. Our goal is to ensure that every child in San Diego has the communication skills they need to thrive in school and beyond.

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  • Complete diagnostic speech-language evaluations

  • One-on-one or small group therapy sessions

  • Session observation and home activities for parents

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  • Phonologypatterns of sound errors, the child may delete one sound from a consonant cluster (saying “poon” for “spoon” and “back” for “black” or substitute all sounds made in the back of the mouth for those in the front of the mouth (saying “tup” for “cup”)

  • Stammeringdisruptions in the fluency of speech, the child may use repetitions of words, parts of words, or prolongations of sounds.

  • Articulationerrors in the production of speech sounds, the child may substitute, delete, add, or change sounds (saying “wabbit” for “rabbit” or a lisp).

  • Voiceunusual vocal quality, the child’s voice sounds harsh, hoarse, or breathy.

  • Childhood Apraxia of Speechmotor speech disorder, the child knows what he/she wants to say, but his/her brain has difficulty coordinating the muscle movements needed, the child has problems saying sounds, syllables, and words.

  • Expressive Languagedifficulty using spoken language to express thoughts, the child may have trouble naming objects/pictures, putting words into sentences, having conversations, or using proper grammar.

  • Receptive Languagedifficulty understanding what is said, the child may have trouble following directions, understanding questions, or identifying objects/pictures.

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Disorders Evaluated and Treated

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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.

© 2023 by the California Scottish Rite Foundation, a 501c (3) organization. The Federal Tax Number for the California Scottish Rite Foundation is: 94-6078728.

1895 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108

The RiteCare Childhood Language Center of San Diego

Phone: (619) 291-2506



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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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