A note from the clinicians (December, 2008)

posted May 13, 2015, 4:05 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 13, 2015, 4:05 PM ]
As the 2008 year comes to a close, we would like to express thanks to our generous donors for the opportunity to help children and families who are in need of speech and language services.  The California Scottish Rite Foundation celebrated 50 years of service last month, and we are so grateful to be part of an amazing program that touches the lives of so many people in our community.  Thanks to the generous funding by the San Jose Scottish Rite Foundation and donations from private individuals, we are able to keep the doors of our clinic open. Without your ongoing support, we could not provide services to children and families who are in need.
The San Jose Scottish Rite Childhood Speech and Language Clinic give us as clinicians the very rare opportunity to serve families and children who may otherwise go untreated.  During the 50th Anniversary celebration several parents gave speeches about how our philanthropy changed their lives and the lives of their children. Before starting services, these parents felt hopeless. They worried about what was wrong with their child. They worried about how to pay for services. They worried about what would happen to their child if they did not get treatment. They worried about their child’s future. One parent spoke of her two year old son who was only using a few words and could not tell her what he wanted, resulting in tantrums and leaving her with a feeling of helplessness. Yet, once treatment started at the Scottish Rite her burden was lifted. Little by little her son acquired language, which gave her hope for her child’s future.
Why does our clinic give hope to parents? Public schools are overwhelmed and burdened with large numbers of children who need speech and language treatment. Many children that need services are turned away.  While some families are fortunate to have health insurance that covers speech and language treatment, many families cannot afford the typical insurance co-payments for multiple treatment sessions per month. More often than not, families do not have health insurance that covers any speech and language treatment. They cannot afford the expense of weekly or bi-weekly therapy sessions for months on end which can cost on average $135 per treatment session and hundreds of dollars for testing services at a private clinic.  Thanks to the Foundation and your support, our therapy sessions and diagnostic services are free.  We cannot express what a blessing it is to focus on a child’s treatment and the needs of the parents without worrying that a family cannot afford our services.
As clinicians, we feel blessed to work at the San Jose Scottish Rite Speech and Language Clinic. With the large number of children served and the many others that patiently await services, our clinic is always in need of donations.  Thanks to your continued support, we can give hope to families who might otherwise have none.