The Scottish Rite is not a philanthropic organization by its nature but does involve itself in a number of philanthropic endeavors. Among these are the Kansas City Scottish Rite Foundation which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Kansas City Scottish Rite Temple, The Almoners Fund which uses its money to assist area citizens in need, and the Kansas City Rite Care Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders. The Clinic is operated and staffed by Children's Mercy Hospital and relies on funding from donations generated by the Scottish Rite of Kansas City, its members and friends in the community.
Rite Care
Many children have trouble with the proper use and meaning of words, grammatical patterns and social exchanges. Some children can neither speak nor understand speech, a condition that can be devastating for both the child and the family.
Special Help
Scottish Rite Masons have devoted much of their energy during the past 25 years to helping children with language problems reach their highest potential. Across the country, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry has established nearly 100 clinics for childhood language disorders. In Kansas City, our clinic is run in conjunction with Childrens Mercy Hospital and is located in the Scottish Rite Temple. Our phone number is 816-561-2277

Early Detection
The Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders is designed to serve children, ages 1 to 6 who may have difficulty hearing, speaking or comprehending language. Children develop speech and language at individual rates, passing important milestones along the way. Some children are at risk for language delay or disorder because of medical conditions that develop before or after birth. Many children with normal intelligence have difficulty speaking and understanding words.

Evaluation and Treatment
Parents concerned about their child's language may contact the clinic for an evaluation. The earlier a child's language difficulty is identified, the greater the success of the therapy. A certified speech/language pathologist's evaluation is the first and most important step. The speech pathologist then discusses evaluation results with parents and offers recommendations to meet the child's individual needs. If the child needs therapy, the clinician establishes a three to six month treatment plan for individual or small group sessions. Each session lasts 30 to 60 minutes. Therapy works best when parents observe their child's sessions and involve their child in learning activities at home.

Fees are set for all evaluation and treatment sessions. Scottish Rite scholarships are available to pay for treatment when insurance coverage is limited or non-existant. The family may be asked to make a co-payment for care as well.

The program is nationally accredited by the Professional Services Board and our local clinic is operated by Childrens Mercy Hospital. Speech and Language Pathologists are licensed according to the laws of Missouri and certified by the American Speech-language & Hearing Association

Clinic Locations and Information
Direct questions about clinic services to:
Director, Hearing and Speech 816-234-3677

Call the Scottish Rite with questions about donations and grants at: 816-561-2277
Rite Care Childhood Language Disorders Clinic
1330 Linwood Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64109
Located in the historic Scottish Rite Temple of Kansas City
The Rite Care Clinic is open 4 days a week by appointment.
The Children's Mercy Hospital Hearing and Speech Department
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Open five days a week by appointment