RiteCare of Washington Programs
Our outcome is simple - treat children with speech/langauge delays. In support of this we offer these core programs:
Evaluations include a review of medical and school records, interview with parents and prior therapists, and diagnostic sessions with the child. The purpose is to assess the speech and language skills of the child, determine if treatment is needed and identify whether the child is an appropriate candidate for therapy at our clinic.
Individual Speech Therapy
Based on the results of the evaluation, our therapist develops a treatment plan for the child. Therapy typically consists of individualized sessions between the child, their parents and a speech/language pathologist. In the sessions, the therapist uses a variety of techniques to teach the child how to speak clearly and understand and use language appropriately. Parents observe treatment sessions and are coached in techniques and activities for helping their child between sessions. At our Seattle and Spokane clinics we provide this one-on-one therapy twice a week with sessions lasting 45 minutes.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
We recently graduated a 7 year old who came to us as at age 4 as a "self selected mute." Since no one could understand her, she chose to stop speaking, or trying, at all. The only person who could get any sound from her was Mom. She refused to speak to anyone else, especially men. After 3 years with us she was able to pronounce her sounds and words properly. Her final test was speaking with a male staff member, saying hello, telling him her name and carrying on a conversation. She passed with flying colors and is now able actively participate in school.
As a small nonprofit, we have limited resources to achieve our mission. We are only able to see a limited number of children due to the intensive nature of the therapy. Therefore, children are on the wait list. More funding would allow us to meet our current needs and add another therapist.