Early Life Speech & Language's Annual Fund
Childhood speech and language programs
Founded in 1984 by Scottish Rite Masons, Early Life Speech & Language, formerly RiteCare of Washington, helps young children to become effective communicators. Our mission is to provide intensive speech and language therapy services for children struggling with speech and language delays, at no cost to families. We work with children ages two through seven with significant speech or language delays who are otherwise developing typically in physical and cognitive ability. Children are considered for services without regard to family income or Masonic affiliation When children begin an Early Life treatment program, they are often unintelligible or cannot speak at all, however, our program is highly successful and most of our clients are effective communicators by the time they complete an Early Life program. The market value of 2 years of service may be as much as $25,000 for a single child. We are able to provide this service at no charge thanks to the generosity of many donors that care about the welfare and communication ability of children. Early Life Speech & Language currently operates two clinics staffed by Early Life employees, one in the Seattle area (Shoreline) and the other in Spokane. Early Life also provide services in seven other communities throughout the state contracting with independent therapists, clinics and hospitals to provide services for children. All Early Life speech language pathologists (SLPs) have advanced degrees in speech therapy, are certified by ASHA, licensed to practice in the State of Washington and have extensive experience working with children.