Scottish Rite Clinic Works to Help More Kids With Speech Disorders

Briggs LeSavage

July 01, 2015 06:24 PM

The Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders has been challenged to whittle down a 50-child waiting list for some time, but they hope a ground breaking Wednesday will start changing that.

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On the lot right next to the existing clinic's location at 28 W. Superior St., board members from the Scottish Rite Foundation of Duluth and speech experts made the first moves in developing their eight-year vision into a reality. 

The Scottish Rite Clinic currently helps both children on the Autism spectrum and others with speech disorders overcome their challenges by providing hearing and communication assessments, consultations with allied professional, direct therapy for language disorders, intensive parent education, integrated outreach services and referrals to medical and educational professionals.

With their new space, clinic director Carol Roberts said they'll be able to help twice the number of kids. She said they current help about 100 each year. 

The new space will feature eight therapy rooms plus two autism suites. Indoor play-therapy areas, an audiology suite, multi-use conference rooms, two computer labs and office space are also in the plans. 

"Communication is the basis to all learning," Roberts said. "When we have kiddos who cannot communicate, it really is putting them at a disadvantage."

The new space is expected to take 255 days to complete. 


Briggs LeSavage

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