What are the RiteCare Clinics?
RiteCare Speech and Language Clinics are supported through the Scottish Rite Masons of Nebraska and offer traditional speech and language therapy, as well as social communication groups, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) preschool, pediatric feeding and swallowing services and parent training programs to teach caregivers to support speech, language and communication development in the home.
Since the 1970s, Nebraska’s RiteCare Clinics have offered extraordinary care to children affected by a wide range of speech and language disorders. The Scottish Rite Masons have dedicated their philanthropy to providing speech and language services to the children of Nebraska without regard for a family’s ability to pay in order to lay a strong speech and language foundation to enable children to become lifelong learners.
Speech-language pathologists assess and treat individuals with the following disorders
The goal is to optimize function, promote independence and increase community participation for children with developmental or acquired challenges.
The RiteCare Clinics serve children and young adults with developmental or acquired speech, language and swallowing disorders, as well as children who are at risk for these disorders. The RiteCare Clinics view children and families as a unit and therefore provide caregiver training to promote generalization of speech, language and AAC use across settings.
Services offered at the RiteCare Clinics include
- Evaluations and screenings of children's speech, expressive language, receptive language, cognitive communication and feeding and swallowing skills. These screenings determine eligibility for services and the appropriate type of therapy needed.
- Individual therapy is available for children with motor speech disorders, children who stutter, children who can participate in intense drill and practice therapy and children who need a quiet, distraction-free environment for learning.
- Preschool group therapy uses a total communication approach, including manual signs, pictures, speech and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to help children aged 2 to pre-K increase their expressive communication. Group therapy helps children become more engaged with their peers and supports learning through interactions in a structured environment.
- Parent training programs focus on helping caregivers learn new tools and techniques to promote and expand their child’s speech and language development at home.
- Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) specialists identify the most efficient and effective mode of communication possible as well as equipment needs, such as speech generating devices and computer access.
- Specialty services vary by location and are available to children across Nebraska via telehealth.