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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 of San Francisco 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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"As a speech-language pathologist, Jim has a highly specialized knowledge of communication differences that sets him apart from teachers and staff at tutoring centers. Jim has a great approach with children. He engages with my daughter in a way that challenges and stimulates her, gently prompting her to practice new skills in a friendly and supportive environment. With feedback from Jim, we have learned better strategies for handling our daughter's communication challenges."

The RiteCare Childhood Language Center of San Francisco provides free services for children five to eighteen years of age with speech, language, and literacy challenges. Our center is a philanthropy of the Scottish Rite Freemasons and was established in 1970. Children who receive our services come primarily from San Francisco County, but also from San Mateo and Marin Counties.

Our goal is to improve our client’s communication abilities and help them to lead meaningful, productive, and fulfilling lives - both academically and socially.

We give priority to low-income families. We mainly serve children with mild-moderate deficits who are unable to qualify for services in the public schools. We do not serve children with behavioral problems or those with global developmental or cognitive delays. All children must comply with the center’s up to date vaccination requirements.

OUR PROGRAMS

Speech and language challenges for which we provide therapy include:

  • Receptive and expressive language skills (the ability to understand spoken and written language and to express one's thoughts and feelings using spoken and written language)

  • Articulation (pronunciation)

  • Pragmatic language (appropriate use of language in social settings)

  • Voice therapy

Signs of possible speech, language and voice problems:

  • Mispronouncing one or more sounds that other children of the same age pronounce correctly.

  • Difficulty explaining how things are the same/ different.

  • Inappropriate/unrelated answers to questions.

  • Inability to sequence when telling stories.

  • Inability to organize thoughts while using written language.

  • Having a weak vocabulary for the child’s age and using many non-specific words.

  • Difficulty understanding auditory directions without visual cues.

  • Difficulty with reading comprehension, reading fluency, and motivation.

  • A raspy, hoarse or breathy vocal quality and difficulty speaking with appropriate volume.

SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY

Our Center offers creative writing classes for students in 5th and 6th grades.  The children are given the opportunity to create their own poems, see some of their poems published in classroom anthologies, and publicly share their work by reading them out loud during their final class parties to which their parents are invited. The classes are designed to accommodate children with speech and language challenges.


Children currently receiving services at the center, as well as those on the wait list, are given priority for enrolling in the classes before they are opened up to the general public.  Many speech and language skills are covered including vocabulary building, clear enunciation, identifying rhyme patterns, reading fluency, as well as understanding more academic aspects of language including similes, metaphors, and idiomatic expressions.  The children also learn about famous authors.  Classes are ten weeks long every fall and spring.

WRITING CLASSES

In an effort to expand collaboration across our organizations, all speech and language evaluations connected to the RiteCare Childhood Language Center of San Francisco are being done at and by San Francisco State University. The evaluations are performed by graduate students under the supervision of professors, but our director occasionally acts as part of the evaluation team. Children may be placed on our waitlist for speech and language services while they are still in the process of receiving a formal evaluation.  If you are interested in an evaluation, please contact Jim Cartwright at (415) 664-4647.

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Mission

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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THE FUTURE

A VOICE.

Help children speak and communicate clearly.

JIM CARTWRIGHT

CENTER DIRECTOR, MS, MFA, CCC-SLP

JIM CARTWRIGHT

Jim conducts both individual and small group speech and language therapy and teaches creative writing classes at the center. A portion of his therapies and parent counseling sessions are in Spanish.


Jim has an MS in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University(1996) and an MFA  in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon(1988). He worked for the San Francisco Unified School District for ten years before becoming a clinician at the center in 2007. He is currently our director.


Aside from his work at our center, Jim enjoys singing and songwriting, poetry writing and is currently working on becoming an author of children’s and young adult literature. Furthermore, he enjoys speaking Spanish, dancing, going to the gym, and exploring a wide variety of music, literature, and art. He received a Certificate in Sound, Voice, and Music Healing from California Institute of Integral studies in 2007.

MARIA OHLMEYER

ADMINISTRATOR DIRECTOR

MARIA OHLMEYER

Maria has a long history of supporting parents and directing them towards appropriate educational resources.She has an AA in Early Childhood Development and worked as a lead preschool teacher at the Children’s Day School in San Francisco. She spent two years working at the YMCA, where she assisted parents in selecting the best classes for their children and prepared financial reports. Furthermore, she has both notary and real estate licenses, which have lead her to work with over 200 banks. She worked as a liaison between parents and the city of San Ramon to help find the appropriate recreational activities for their children.


When not working, Maria enjoys going to sporting events, traveling, dancing, and cooking. She especially enjoys baking desserts and making Mexican food.

CHRIS SMITH

CHAIRMAN, ADVISORY COUNCIL

CHRIS SMITH

Chris has graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and is a Senior Director at a software development company. Aside from his daily vocations, Chris is active in his Masonic Lodge as well as the Scottish Rite (the organization supporting our Childhood Language Center). He has been on the Advisory Council since 2012 and was elected Chairman as of June 2017. Chris also represents the RiteCare Childhood Language Center of San Francisco on the Board of Directors for the California Scottish Rite Foundation.

Interested in exploring organizational partnerships? Want to find out about making a donation or naming us in your will? Feel free to email him at cdsmith@casrf.org.

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ADVISORY COUNCIL

CFO

Vince Taylor 

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Harold Colby

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Tilly Evans 

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Richard Jones

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Lucia Behar

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Mark T. Wright

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George Wood

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Olivia Clarke

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Nathan Wise

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2850 19th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

The RiteCare Childhood Language Center of San Francisco

Phone: (415) 510-2482

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

RiteCare Childhood Language Center of San Francisco

2850 19th Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94132

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