The Scottish Rite Children's Clinic for Speech and Language Disorders is one of two sites that make up the USD Scottish Rite Speech Language and Hearing Clinic, which offers evaluation, treatment and consultation services for children and adults with speech, language, hearing and related communication needs. Our clinics are primarily a training facility for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Our graduate students provide individualized services under the guidance and supervision of state-licensed and nationally certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
No client shall be discriminated against based upon race or ethnicity, religion, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or ability to pay. We bill Medicaid, Medicare and most insurances. As a patient/client at the USDSHC, you have certain rights and responsibilities. The services we provide are consistent with the American Speech Language and Hearing Association Code of Ethics. We adhere to HIPAA regulations, and we ensure clients their Health Information is protected.
Scottish Rite is an appendant body of Freemasonry. The major philanthropy of Scottish Rite is support for speech, language and hearing services for children with the idea that no child will go unserved due to inability to pay. The Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at USD, the Scottish Rite Foundation of South Dakota and the Sioux Empire United Way have made a strong commitment to children with communication needs.
Sioux Falls Scottish Rite Children's Clinic
Kid ScreenSpeech and language screening is a brief standardized test that quickly indicates whether a child has a potential problem in speech or language. It is usually completed in 15 minutes or less and touches on speech sound production, language comprehension and grammar. Screenings are provided free of charge to children ages 3-6.
When arrangements have been made, clinic staff will travel to daycares or preschools at a designated date and time. Only children signed up by their parents will be screened. A parent letter with results and recommendations will be returned to the daycare/preschool.
DyslexiaDyslexia is a language based learning disability that affects approximately 15 percent of all children. Those diagnosed with dyslexia have trouble connecting sounds to letter symbols, which affects the way they learn to read, spell and write.
Who is Eligible for EvaluationChildren who speak and understand English at an instructional level are able to be evaluated. The clinic does not provide dyslexia evaluations for children who struggle with written language and who have been given a previous diagnosis such as low cognition, autism/pervasive developmental disorder or hearing impairment.
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At the USD audiology clinic, we know that a full evaluation of your hearing includes responses to tones, speech and assessment of other hearing complaints. We work with you to assess your hearing and discuss your hearing difficulties. We complete comprehensive evaluations for all ages, pediatric to aging adults and all stages of cognitive abilities.