What We Do

What is the Scottish Rite Speech Therapy Center for Children (SRSTCC)?

It is a Scottish Rite of Freemasonry charity.  Our mission is to help preschool and young children develop speech and language skills.

Who is eligible for treatment?

Free speech therapy is available to any child two to seven years of age without regard to race, color, creed, or gender if they are unable to pay for or receive adequate therapy elsewhere.  The Center serves children throughout western North Dakota, but because of travel difficulties, most children live within a 50 mile radius of Bismarck-Mandan

Who selects the child for therapy?

A child's parent or legal guardian applies for services.  With board of directors' approval, children undergo a speech-language evaluation and a treatment plan is set in place, if necessary.

What are the qualifications of the Center's speech therapist?

The speech therapist has a Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology, a North Dakota license, and is ASHA certified.  Additionally, the board of directors supports and requires professional speech pathology continuing education.   

Does the Center teach English as a second language?

Our therapist helps enhance children's speech-language skills in English.

Does the Center have a large staff?

The only paid staff is the licensed speech-language pathologist.  All administrative and other necessary duties are performed by the Center's volunteers.

How many cases does the Center treat during a year's time?

The number of children served varies.  Some children are seen once a week for a limited number of weeks while others may be seen twice a week for two or more years.  A treatment plan is established for each child, depending entirely upon the nature of the child's communication needs.  The child's progress determines the length of treatment as each child's plan is customized to fit his or her diagnosis.

Who sponsors the Center?

Scottish Rite Freemasons sponsor this program.  The Center solicits and receives monies from corporations, foundations, grants, service clubs, individuals and Center served families.  Memorial contributions and honorariums are welcome at any time.  Pay Pal is available.  This is a public supported charity sponsored by the Scottish Rite Bodies of Freemasonry, a Rite Care provider.

Are contributions to the Scottish Rite Speech Therapy Center for Children (SRSTCC) tax deductible?

Yes.  The Center is tax-exempt under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, section 501(c)(3), and is incorporated as a charity under the laws of North Dakota.

If you would like to help the Scottish Rite Speech Therapy Center for Children provide these very valuable services, you can make your tax deductible contribution by mailing your donation to:

Scottish Rite Speech Therapy Center for Children

1009 Basin Avenue                                                                                                        

PO Box 2094

Bismarck, ND 58502-2094

Does the Center receive any monies from federal agencies,state agencies, or insurance companies?

No.