From the Clinic (October 2018)

posted Oct 11, 2018, 12:02 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

Thank you for sending me to my first RiteCare Conference!   I attended the conference in Los Angeles, CA on August 8-10, 2018, hosted by the California Scottish Rite Foundation. I had the opportunity to meet many different speech-language pathologists and reading specialists serving clients at RiteCare clinics and affiliated clinics from across the United States.

This conference had a track focusing on speech and language topics as well as literacy topics such as dyslexia. It was a wonderful experience having the opportunity to attend a conference with fellow RiteCare clinicians.  Additionally, it was very helpful that the conference was small enough to allow some time to speak to the presenters one-on-one in order to obtain further clarification regarding specific questions that came up during the courses. I felt so fortunate to be able to learn about a wide variety of topics that hit home for me. For example, a team of speech-language pathologists from the Orange County RiteCare Childhood Language Center gave a presentation about how to better conduct speech and language assessments with children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, which is very important to us because we have children who come from households who primarily speak Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Hindi, as well as many other languages. It is very important that our speech-language assessments reflect the fact that our clients may be exposed to multiple languages and may be learning English as a second language. The team from the Orange County RiteCare Childhood Language Center gave a list of useful resources that we will be able to use in our future assessments.

I also learned about identifying dyslexia in a clinical setting, parent training for young children who are minimally verbal, repeated interactive read-alouds to target vocabulary-building and language skills, and about supervision for training the professionals of the future. The course on supervision was particularly important and special to me because I am supervising a graduate student clinician for the first time. I am excited to bring the new information that I learned to the table and share with my fellow clinicians at our clinic. We are looking forward to implementing the new strategies discussed during the conference!



Karen Wong, M.A., CCC-SLP