A major thrust for the philanthropic work of the Scottish Rite Masons has been proving support to children with speech, language and literacy disorders. There are over 175 RiteCare programs in the United States.
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.
Located in the Masonic Center in Sioux Falls, the clinic facilities are specifically designed for the treatment of children. Clinical staff consists of USD faculty who are ASHA certified speech language pathologists with expertise in working with children and their families. Graduate students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders provide services under the guidance of clinical staff.
Services are available for children, from birth to age 21.
- All services are available regardless of race, creed, gender identification, religion beliefs or family’s ability to pay.
Speech 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.
Dyslexia 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 Evaluation
Children 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.
Speech & Language
When there are questions regarding communication development, diagnostic evaluations are available for a variety of areas including speech articulation, receptive and expressive language and stuttering and voice concerns. For individuals seeking speech and language treatment, the first step is to schedule an evaluation. Once the evaluation is done, decisions regarding appropriateness of treatment, frequency and possible goals are made. Treatment begins as soon as schedules and availability allow. Services are provided following the University of South Dakota academic calendar.
Request for Services
For further questions, contact us at 605-336-7561.
USD Scottish Rite Children’s Clinic for Speech & Language Disorders
520 S. First Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104-2602
The clinic is located within the Masonic Center.
There is reserved parking available in front of the clinic entrance on the corner of 14th Street and S. 1st Avenue.