FAQ

APPLICATION FOR SERVICES

What types of services do we provide?

 

Speech therapy, language therapy, and critical thinking programs. We do not provide traditional educational therapy but achieve related goals through the neuroplasticity therapeutic interventions we use, including Fast ForWord, Interactive Metronome, and The Listening Program, and practice programs like IXL.com for math. We aim to provide your children with the building blocks for multiple types of learning. Therapies may be provided individually or in small groups.

ELIGIBILITY

 

Which children do we serve?

We serve children, adolescents, and young adults from ages 3 to 21, with mild to moderate deficits in speech, language, reading, and other learning areas, who do not have access to private therapy outside our clinic.

 

Children must have a primary diagnosis of a speech, language, and/or reading disorder. 

 

Children must have complete or up-to-date vaccination requirements with proof of immunization records. "This is a zero tolerance policy. No excuse is accepted for the lack of adequate vaccination." - California Scottish Rite Foundation 

We DO NOT serve children with diagnosis of the following: 

Primary diagnosis of Autism

Behavioral problems

Global developmental or cognitive delays who are better served through contextualized services

Severe or profound deficits of speech, language, or reading

What is the goal of speech/language therapy and/or neuroplasticity interventions?

Our goal for the children is to:

Improve communicative and academic abilities and skills

Help them learn to understand and monitor their own processing and develop their executive function skills

Help them to recognize and advocate for their own needs

 

Our goal for the parents/caregivers is to:

Help them practice their children's new skills at home

Use beneficial strategies that help their children transfer those behaviors across settings

Navigate the world of special needs

Form mentorship relationships with other parents

Help the parents advocate for their own needs

 

How often do we see each child per week?
Many children are seen for speech/language therapy for 50-minute sessions 1-2 x/week. Critical thinking groups are provided in 90-minute sessions 1-2x/week.  Interactive Metronome clients are seen 3-5 x / week for 30- to 50-minute session. Fast ForWord clients are typically seen 1 x / week for monitoring and work at home 4 days / week for 30 minutes each.

 

How long do we work with each child? (Term limits) 
Each child can be seen for up to at total of 144 sessions, or for a period of 2 years, whichever comes first.

 

Do we provide evaluations?

We do not provide evaluations to children who are not in the process of receiving therapy already. We conduct evaluations as necessary to determine therapy goals and therapy progress. 

We do NOT provide:

Psycho-educational evaluations to determine cognitive level or to rule out learning disabilities.

 

Psychological  evaluations for mental health issues such as anxiety or bipolar disorder, or to rule out ADHD or autism spectrum

disorders.

 

Auditory processing disorder evaluations, which are best conducted by a pediatric audiologist.

 

*Evaluations through the Public Schools

Each school district is obligated to provide speech, language and learning evaluations for the children residing in their district, regardless of whether the children are enrolled in public school.

 

The first step in pursuing evaluations of your child should be to contact your school district's special education department. Make a written signed and dated request for the evaluation of your child due to speech, language and/or learning delays, and keep a copy for yourself.

 

The school district should contact you shortly thereafter with a suggested date for assessment/s. 

 

Once assessments have been completed, the school district must schedule an individualized education plan meeting with you to discuss the evaluation results within 50 school calendar days.

 

Be sure you leave the individualized education plan (IEP) meeting with a complete copy of the IEP report for your own records.

How much do our services cost?
Our services are free. Donations are always welcome. 

 

How are we funded?
The Oakland Scottish Rite Temple membership, client family donations, special fundraising events, and bequests pay for our service providers, materials, and our facility.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Which children do we serve?

Age 3 to 21 years old

Primary diagnosis of a speech, language, and/or reading disorder

Mild to moderate deficits only

Complete or up-to-date vaccination requirements with proof of immunization records

We DO NOT serve children with diagnosis of the following:

Primary diagnosis of Autism

Behavioral problems

Global developmental or cognitive delays who are better served through contextualized services

Severe or profound deficits of speech, language, or reading

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