The Scottish Rite Foundation of Duluth was recently awarded a grant from the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation Board of Directors of $26,500 to support the outreach program of the Scottish Rite Clinic.
The Scottish Rite Foundation has operated the Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders since 1990 providing assessment and treatment services at no cost to children up to age nine who exhibit communication disorders. A variety of services are offered including hearing assessments, communication screenings and assessments, consultation and trainings with parents and allied professionals, direct management of language disorders, referrals to medical and educational communities and integrated outreach services.
The Scottish Rite Clinic offers unique services to children with autism, Down syndrome, cleft palate and other syndromes with Scottish Rite staff providing the expertise and education needed to focus on treatments appropriate for each individual child.
Funding provided will be used to improve upon and continue the outreach program which focuses on: the training and educational needs of parents with autistic children outside the clinical setting; helping extended family members to understand their role in helping a children with autism to succeed; and educating caregivers and educators about a child’s specific needs and ways to successfully interact with a child with autism.