The Emergence of TeleTherapy During Better Hearing and Speech Month 2020

As we near the end of Better Hearing and Speech Month, “Communication at Work,” it is important to reflect upon and celebrate the triumphs made by both the client and therapist during these unprecedented times. Conceived out of these extraordinary circumstances, innovative programs have been implemented in order to continuously serve the patient, client, and student to the fullest degree. The ingenious methods in which speech-language pathologists have reconstructed their work during the COVID-19 pandemic has only testified to their steadfast commitment to making effective communication a human right and accessible for all.

As therapy sessions and curriculum made their way to the virtual world, there were certain obstacles and restrictions that therapists, teachers, and patients had to overcome. Despite these anticipated challenges, TeleTherapy has prevailed beyond measure.

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The RiteCare Language and Literacy Lab Coordinator at the University of Central Missouri, Kim Stewart, M.S., CCC-SLP, sheds light on the numerous benefits in which TeleTherapy has offered her, her graduate students, and patients during Better Hearing and Speech Month:“One of our clients uses an Augmentative and Alternative Communication Device (AAC Device). She’s three years old, and she made tremendous gains through our virtual six week, twelve session time frame. Everything was very functional, and it was because of our online monitor system that we implemented that we were able to effectively utilize TelePractice methods.”

Kim Stewart - University of Central Missouri - RiteCare

“One of our clients uses an Augmentative and Alternative Communication Device (AAC Device). She’s three years old, and she made tremendous gains through our virtual six week, twelve session time frame. Everything was very functional, and it was because of our online monitor system that we implemented that we were able to effectively utilize TelePractice methods.”

Kim Stewart, M.S., CCC-SLP

The patient’s mother also shared in Stewart’s enthusiasm by personally reaching out to the student who conducted her child’s TeleTherapy sessions. She expressed her gratitude for the functionality of TeleTherapy methods and was delighted to witness her daughter’s exceptional development.

These success stories would not have been possible without the generous donations bestowed upon the SLP programs at UCM:

“We are so thankful that we were provided all of these free resources immediately by this SLP Telecom. There was no money being allocated into this during this spiraling situation, but everybody came to bat for all of us and helped us to be successful. It was a wonderful situation and has proven to deliver quite remarkable results.”

Mother of RiteCare Patient

As Better Hearing and Speech Month wraps up, we are still graciously accepting donations that support these life-changing services to children in need of speech-language therapy. The LIGHT Foundation has agreed to match every donation at 100% up to $10,000. Donation processing through The LIGHT Foundation removes any administrative costs and allows 100% of the donor’s gift to go to the RiteCare Program and the children they serve. Your generous tax-deductible donation will be distributed to the Missouri RiteCare Program of your choice or towards the state-wide efforts and initiatives of the Scottish Rite RiteCare program to help children communicate.

Dedicated Missouri RiteCare Programs

There are several professional Scottish Rite RiteCare affiliated programs in Missouri that all provide free and accessible services to children in need of speech, language and learning therapy.
  • Walker Scottish Rite Clinic at Maryville University (St. Louis)
  • Robert G. Combs Childhood Language PreSchool at University of MO (Columbia)
  • Scottish Rite RiteCare Early Language Literacy Lab at University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg)
  • RiteCare Early Literacy Lab at Truman State University (Kirksville)
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Missouri (St. Joseph)
  • RiteCare Clinic in Kansas City affiliated with Children’s Mercy Hospital
  • Scottish Rite RiteCare services in partnership with the Children’s Miracle Network (Joplin/Springfield)
  • Hannibal Regional Hospital’s speech therapy assistance program (Hannibal)

The Temple KC – Ray for the Kids Event

On May 18, 2019, the Valley of Kansas City and The Temple KC will host an exciting event to raise money for the Kansas City Rite Care Clinic! Don’t miss this opportunity to be entertained and to assist children receiving care for childhood language disorders!

Tickets available online by visiting https://rayforthekids.eventbrite.com or https://www.facebook.com/thetemplekc.


Are you keeping up with our activities?

Are you keeping up with the activities occurring within the Orient?  Follow along by reading our Orient Newsletter, the Scottish Rite Journal, and the Journal’s Missouri section all online from your computer or smartphone.  Simply click the link below!

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May 2018 Missouri Scottish Rite E-NEWS

We hope that you are enjoying the Missouri Scottish Rite E-NEWS!  You can read the latest issue as well as our past issues using the relevant link(s) below.

This newsletter shares information from each of our local Scottish Rite Valleys, our RiteCare Centers, the Scottish Rite Foundation of Missouri, the Masonic Youth Groups in Missouri, and other Masonic groups around our state.


Launch of the monthly Missouri Scottish Rite e-News

We are excited to announce the launch of the Missouri Scottish Rite e-News!

This dynamic monthly newsletter is dedicated to sharing the Goodness of Freemasonry – committed to inspiring Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth – and driven by the stories and experiences of each of the five great Scottish Rite Valleys of the Orient of Missouri.

You can view the current issue by visiting https://mailchi.mp/0c0a78608070/missouri-scottish-rite-march-2018-e-news.

Missouri Scottish Rite eNews - March 2018

Missouri Scottish Rite eNews – March 2018

Scottish Rite Journal – Orient of Missouri – April May 2018 Insert

We were informed that the upcoming Journal insert was misprinted.  Please click on the link below for a PDF version of the insert.  Our Orient News Page will auto-update with the HTML5 version of the insert in the days ahead.  This post will be updated when that occurs.


Click for the Orient of Missouri – Scottish Rite – March – April 2018 – Journal Insert

Tis’ the Season – to Give the Gift of Speech!

Happy Giving Tuesday!


During the next 24 hours, people around the world will come together to celebrate generosity and make an impact. Will you help us reach our goals this holiday season? Please say “yes” to help a child at your local RiteCare today!

Did you know…?

  • Nationally, we help fund about 170 RiteCare Childhood Language Programs
  • Nationally, many of our centers work in association with universities and hospitals providing top notch care
  • Nationally, RiteCare provides children with full diagnostic evaluation, treatment of speech, language disorders, and learning disabilities


  1. https://www.scottishritestore.org/giving-tuesday.html
  2. https://www.moscottishrite.org/foundation/



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2017 Kansas City Scottish Rite – Clays for Kids Fundraiser

You’re cordially invited to participate in this special event as a sponsor, as an individual shooter, or by sponsoring a group of five for your organization.

Awards will be given to the highest scoring teams and the top individual shooter. First time shooters are welcome and encouraged to participate.

All proceeds from this event will help support the CLDC’s mission to provide relief and assistance to children suffering from and afflicted with Aphasia, Dyslexia and other speech, language and hearing disorders and conditions.

The KCSR Childhood Language Disorders Clinic is tax exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, operated in partnership with Children’s Mercy Hospital.

    • When:  Saturday, September 9, 2017
      Registration: 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
      Shotgun Start: 9:30 a.m.
    • Where: Powder Creek Shooting Park
      8601 Monticello Road
      Lenexa, Kansas  66227 913-422-5063  [ MAP ]
    • Details: Shooter registration includes, lunch & drinks, 12 or 20 guauge shotgun shells and clay targets. There will also be awards, door prizes and premium raffle drawings.

Contact Dan Woehrman at 816-810-0927 or Dan@CallenderPrinting.com for more information.

Complete details and sign-up available online at http://claysforkidskc.com/

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