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Why Is Speech Therapy Important?

Speech therapy is the most common special education service provided in the school system.  In fact, 10 percent of all school age children receive speech therapy. Since so many children need speech therapy, most therapists in the school system see children in groups as large as five to accommodate all the children in need of services. However, many children with severe impairments do better with one-on-one therapy, where they get more attention and have fewer distractions.

Families with a speech-disordered child often face a financial burden due to the high cost of speech therapy and other needed treatments. In fact, a survey published in Public Health Reports found that 40 percent of American families with children with special needs report feeling the strain of the financial toll that those healthcare needs cause. The survey further reported that children with disabilities are more likely to grow up in single-parent households, and that those parents often hold lower-paying jobs.

Speech therapy actually targets many different goals.  Our clients come to us, needing to work on speech sounds, language skills, stuttering, social skills, feeding, and swallowing disorders. At the CLC, we provide our children with weekly individual sessions and monthly group outings to give them the best of both approaches.

Our Mission

The Childhood Language Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to help children communicate and succeed by providing high quality therapy services that involve the family.

Our Values

  • All children can lead productive lives regardless of the challenges they face.
  • Children deserve the highest quality of care possible, in an efficient and effective manner, regardless of ability to pay.
  • All people should be treated equally, with respect and with full access to our services.
  • The entire family must be involved in the therapeutic process in a safe, comfortable environment.
  • Our donors' generosity should be recognized and their gifts must be used for the intended purposes.

History & Purpose

The Childhood Language Center was founded by the Scottish Rite Masons in 1990. Scottish Rite Masons began founding free speech therapy clinics in the 1950s in Colorado, and RiteCare clinics now can be found nationwide.

The Childhood Language Center is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit. The CLC is the only free speech and language therapy clinic in the Charleston area. No family has ever received a bill for service.

The CLC currently provides therapy to more than 92 children. Our children come from Boone, Clay, Jackson, Kanahwa, Mason, Mingo, Putnam, Raleigh, and Roane counties.

The Center’s therapists are trained to work with children who have speech and language delays, hearing impairments, Down Syndrome, autism, apraxia, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and cleft lip or palate.  Each child receives one-on-one therapy with a skilled therapist on a weekly basis, in addition to regular group therapy outings that integrate the family.

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and donors, the families at the CLC do not have to make the tough decision of whether or not their family can afford the services their child needs to be successful.