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 Vice President: Arthur Salazar
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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Santa Barbara RiteCare Language Center is an amazing organization that helps children with language and reading in fun and engaging ways, utilizing both gross and fine motor techniques. This success is attributed to their caring staff and unwavering community support. It’s crucial to sustain this center so that all youth, regardless of their financial situation, can access the strong educational fundamentals they need for a thriving future.
A Small Investment Makes a Big Impact in Giving a Child a Voice
RiteCare Childhood Language Center’s ongoing speech and language therapy programs, along with its summertime Camp Chit Chat, are all provided at no cost to the families. They rely entirely on donations and grants to offer these life-altering sessions to those who don’t have the means for private help. With only two Speech-Language Pathologists on staff, the ever-expanding waitlist means many youngsters aren’t getting their needs met at a critical time in their lives.
Just $60,000 would enable RiteCare to hire a third Speech-Language Pathologist, allowing the small organization to instill another 30 children with communications skills that increase learning and make a dramatic difference in their lives going forward.
“It’s our dream to be able to bring on another therapist and help more children,” says Summer Calvert, program director.
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