In 2012, we launched an after-school literacy program called Brain Lab. This program is designed for students in first grade through sixth grade and is offered at no cost to participants.
Brain Lab targets skills such as memory, attention, processing rate, and cognitive skills that are essential for reading. We utilize the software program Fast ForWord, data driven computer exercises by Carnegie Learning.
This program addresses reading and language skills while concurrently developing foundational cognitive skills like memory, attention, processing, and sequencing. These cognitive skills are central to all learning, resulting in improved outcomes for reading and other subject areas, too.
This is an intensive program and requires commitment to completing a 30-40 minute session, 3-5 days per week. One of the days will be completed at the Language Center, where the child will also participate in direct instruction with a Speech-Language Pathologist to target specific areas he or she may be struggling such as spelling, comprehension, vocabulary, writing, and social skills.
We are so excited that our Speech Language Pathologist, Summer Calvert, is attending a specialized training course on dyslexia. With this training, she will bring an added expertise in this area that will help our students make even more progress!
Executive Director, Speech-Language Pathologist: Julie DeAngelis
Help children find their voice. The California Scottish Rite Foundation is dedicated to support and assist children in California by providing childhood speech-language, literacy and education programs for a lifetime of improved communication and confidence.
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I first became interested in RiteCare of SB because I saw the great work they were doing for under-served local children through their free services, like Camp Chit Chat. As a Board Member, and former recipient of speech therapy, I am proud to do my part to help other children gain access to life-changing speech and communication. So many of the kids who use these services have stories of making their first friends, or being able to participate in school and social situations because they can communicate clearly. Supporting RiteCare of SB is the best way to support children across the community after the challenging few years they’ve endured.
Expanding Reach and Speech
RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Santa Barbara offers free speech therapy to more than 100 children every year. But, the long tail of the pandemic on children’s educational development – especially in spoken language – means the nonprofit needs to expand to meet the need.
The center is raising $60,000 this year to hire a clinician to help serve more children.
“We have the need to expand our therapy services to help more children in Santa Barbara,” says Julie DeAngelis, the director of RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Santa Barbara. “We have always had a waitlist for our services. Hiring another staff member would allow us to see more children annually, around 30 more a year with a full-time clinician.”
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