Helping Kids Improve Communication

The Stan & Bobbie Gold RiteCare Childhood Language Center offers diagnostic speech and language evaluations and individualized therapy programs to help children overcome a variety of communication challenges including:

Difficulties processing language that is spoken or written. Challenges in understanding what others are saying (i.e. following directions, responding to questions) and/or poor listening skills.

Difficulty expressing thoughts and ideas. Struggles putting words together into meaningful messages, using correct grammar and age-appropriate vocabulary.

Problems making speech sounds. Sounds may be deleted, substituted, added or distorted.

A motor-speech disorder resulting in reduced coordination of muscle movements to create speech sounds.

Difficulty reading fluently and problems sounding out words and/or poor reading comprehension.

Challenges putting thoughts into words. Difficulty spelling and using appropriate grammatical forms.

A child with speech and/or language skills disorders 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. The problems may range from a mild articulation delay to a severe expressive and/or receptive language difficulty (sometimes called developmental or childhood “aphasia”). Some of these children have difficulty understanding or remembering what is told them. Others may understand perfectly but cannot easily express their own wishes and thoughts.

These language problems frequently extend into the visual-linguistic areas, severely affecting the development of reading and writing skills. Severe reading problems are often a result of “dyslexia.” Since reading and writing are language functions, both oral-language and written-language deficits may be found in the same child. Some children, however, seem to acquire oral language readily, but have great difficulty acquiring written language. Such problems are often not discovered until the child begins school.

The devastating effects of these disorders can be treated most effectively if identified early. With treatment for the child and guidance for the family, the majority of these language-disabled children are able to compete successfully with their peers as responsible, productive individuals throughout their childhood educational experience, and throughout their lives

When parents are concerned that their child may have a speech-language challenge, our RiteCare staff conducts a thorough diagnostic evaluation. Following testing, we will discuss the results of our evaluations and answer any questions you might have regarding treatment plans for your child.

Children are usually seen once or twice each week for 50 minute sessions. Engaging materials such as books, toys, and computer games are incorporated into each therapy session to keep learning fun. 

Parents are directly involved in the treatment program and observe all session between the child and the Speech Language Pathologist on closed circuit television. This process allows the parent to develop the skills necessary to work with their child at home, reinforcing each week’s lessons.

Parent observation is required and parents are trained to reinforce the skills developed in the home, resulting in a much faster and stronger learning process. We believe that a team approach ensures carry-over  and a momentum of progress.

Consultation to parents regarding educational choices is offered, as well as ongoing conferencing with teachers and other involved professionals.

These treatments can last for several months. The children come in at least once a week, sometimes twice a week for treatment. If parents were to take their children to a private clinician it could cost them anywhere from $90.00 to $150.00 per session. 

THE STAN & BOBBIE GOLD RITECARE CHILDHOOD LANGUAGE CENTER DOES NOT CHARGE PARENTS FOR TREATMENT OR SERVICES. ALL SERVICES ARE COMPLETELY FREE TO FAMILIES AND PAID FOR BY THE CHARITABLE DONATIONS OF MEMBERS OF THE SCOTTISH RITE AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT, REGARDLESS OF THE FAMILIES ABILITY TO PAY.

The Stan & Bobbie Gold RiteCare Childhood Language Center consists of 2 therapy rooms, a monitoring room and a waiting room for parents and volunteers. We have two professional, California licensed and ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologists and many volunteers. The therapy rooms are equipped with one-way audio/video cameras where parents and guardians observe the children during therapy sessions. The Stan & Bobbie Gold RiteCare Childhood Language Center provides a professional, warm and friendly environment conducive to a child’s learning and succeeding.

Eligibility for Services: Children from 3 years to 17 years, with a primary diagnosis of speech, language, reading or communication disorder.

Hours: by appointment

Application Procedure: Referrals can be made by anyone. For information call (760) 341-6208. All children are evaluated regardless of ability to pay.

Areas Served: Coachella Valley, High Desert and Banning Pass areas. While there are no geographic residential requirements, parents must provide transportation.