The Robert L. Douglass Speech and Language Clinic provides life-changing speech and language treatment of childhood language disorders, free of charge to children and their families.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities reports that one in five children have learning disabilities requiring the services of a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. These children often suffer deeply from low self-esteem and low self-confidence. Early intervention is essential to mitigating persistent, long-term social, emotional and academic challenges.
Language therapy provided by licensed Speech-Language Pathologists is vitally important to children who struggle daily with the task of speaking clearly and communicating. Many of these children become used to being teased, ignored, or even scolded when they want to say something and just can’t. Unfortunately, countless children are inappropriately socially promoted from one grade level to the next and suffer from extremely low self-confidence and have difficulty succeeding academically.
Each year over 2,000 children receive therapy by licensed Speech Pathologists at the Robert L. Douglass Speech and Language Clinic and the other 13 RiteCare Childhood Language Centers across the State.
Language is how we use words to form ideas and then share them.
Language is expressive, sharing thoughts and ideas.
Language is receptive, understanding what others say.
Language is semantics, what words mean. Some words have more than one meaning.
Language is syntax, putting words in the correct order.
Language is morphology, changing word meaning by adding sounds (i.e. “eat- eats- eating” or “done-undone-redone”).
Language is social. We all need to know what to say, when to say it, and how to say it to be socially appropriate.
At the Robert L. Douglass Speech and Language Clinic, we offer a variety of intervention models to assist children in the development of their expressive and receptive language skills. A majority of the time, children are seen in one-on-one intensive therapy sessions year-round. When appropriate, children may participate in small group therapy sessions to help generalize skills to new and more challenging settings.
All language therapy programs are individualized. Sessions are conducted by our licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist. Language therapy can improve your child’s expressive language, so they can express their thoughts, ideas, and feelings and become an effective communicator. Language therapy can also improve your child’s receptive language skills so they can better understand instructions at home, in the classroom, and during extracurricular activities and enjoy success in all areas of life.