Thank you to all of you who bought and helped sell wreaths and poinsettias to family members and friends. Because of you, we raised over $11,000 in profit!
Super Brains Field Trip
Our Super Brains group recently had a field trip to our big downtown post office. They got to go behind the scenes and learn how the mail gets sorted, metered and stamped. A big THANK YOU to Ernie Sandoval, our current Language Center Vice President who is a post office employee, for providing our tour!
Camp Chit Chat 2019 Applications
This summer will be our 10-year anniversary of Camp Chit Chat!
Applications for camp will open on March 1st and will close on April 15th. Camp Chit Chat is a summer program for preschool-aged children with mild-moderate speech and language delays. Campers attend one 60-minute therapy session each week for 8 weeks. Please see the application for more information and qualification guidelines.
Children are not required to be on the waitlist to apply.
Camp dates are Monday, June 3rd – Thursday, July 25th
All children MUST be immunized.
College Scholarships through Scottish Rite
The Santa Barbara Scottish Rite provides scholarships for college to graduating high school seniors from the public schools in our district. It is not too late to apply! Click the link below for details.
The application can be found on the website and is DUE March 1st.
My name is Michaela Gordon and I have been an occupational therapist for approximately 16 years. I have been servicing children in the Santa Barbara area since 2012. I recently opened up an office in Santa Barbara in lieu of home visits, as this has allowed me to offer more treatment options to clients and spend more time on improving individual care.
Occupational therapy is a broad field and we cover many types of occupational skill sets. When it comes to children, we address skills related to their learning and playing, which are children’s main occupations. Children’s activities of daily living can be impacted if they are having trouble processing sensory information from the surrounding environment or from the internal sensory information that occurs inside of their bodies. If difficulties with processing is happening, then children may exhibit behavioral challenges, which do not resolve with traditional behavioral approaches. This can impact how they view themselves and also how they feel or relate to others. There may also be the presence of fine, gross, or visual motor difficulties where the child avoids or feels discouraged by tasks such as coloring, writing, riding a bike, or many other types of motor tasks. These children may be clumsy or may be unsafe during play. Other presentations may include self-help challenges such as difficulty managing clothing and fastners, limiting their food selection, or aversiveness to hygiene routines to name a few.
Recognizing these trends in younger children can sometimes present as a challenge because younger children are learning how to manage their bodies, develop a sense of self, and learning how to interact with the world around them. The key element that would help you know if there is something that needs be addressed is if the behaviors mentioned above are occurring at a higher frequency and or a higher intensity in comparison to their peers. Another indicator is that you have tried many parenting strategies to address the behavior, but see little to no difference in the behavior.
OT can be a highly beneficial service. The earlier you get your child into OT the better since the development of the child is quite broad during the earlier years and the nervous systems hasn’tgoing through any of its pruning phases. However, it is never too late for OT! The field of neuroplasticity indicates that we can start working on areas of development throughout our life no matter what age. So please don’t feel discouraged by age. All are welcome! I’d be glad to help your child and family. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested.
Thank you to all of our Camp Chit Chat families who made it to the Family Fiesta at the end of camp. We had so much fun hanging out at La Mesa park together and celebrating everyone's hard work with the bouncy house, costume booth provided by Arts for Humanity!, delicious taco bar and churros from Catering by Rene, live music by Matt Staska and most importantly good company.
Applications for Chit Chat 2019 will open in March.
Welcome, New Families!
After being closed for all of August, we are excited to share that we have welcomed over twenty new families this fall. We can't wait to see all the progress your children will make this year.
Summer & Julie's August Adventures
Julie traveled to Colombia and Ghana during her August break. She went to Ghana on her 7th Operation Smile mission. During the mission, she screened 76 patients and provided education to parents about the speech sounds that are difficult for children to make who have cleft palates. Two young women came for speech therapy three times during the mission. They learned techniques in how to make 's' and 'k' sounds.
The most touching story was 8-year-old Afua who had never received a surgery for her cleft lip and palate. She told Julie she just wanted to go to school (she wasn't going to school because she was bullied). Afua received her first surgery to repair her lip and was eager to start school in September; she looks beautiful! Julie had a great time in Colombia. She traveled to Bogata, San Andres, Cartagena, and Medellin. She highly recommends it as a travel destination!
During the center's August break, Summer traveled to Europe with her husband. They visited Hungary, Czech Republic, Austria, and Slovakia. Her highlights from the trip beyond all of the beautiful castles and museums were enjoying the rooftop thermal bath overlooking the Danube River in Budapest, swimming in peaceful Lake Balaton - wow!
She also watched the morning exercise of the famous Lippizaner stallions at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, and enjoyed an afternoon in the huge beer gardens in Austria. Summer also enjoyed a week on the east coast, visiting Boston and New Hampshire for a family wedding. She is happy to be back in session and is excited to work with all of her newly enrolled families!
This fall we would like to recognize some of our very own graduates for the amazing things they have gone on to do. We love staying in touch with each child that comes through the center.
Our first spotlight goes to one of our very own Brain Lab graduates! After being diagnosed with a bilateral hearing loss at almost 3 years old, Hanni received speech therapy for 9 years, attended Brain Lab in 7th and 8th grade, and still remembers what it was like for her. For the past three years, she has been a loyal Camp Chit Chat volunteer and loves working with our little ones watching them progress each summer. She also volunteers through her local church and visited Salzburg this summer on a volunteer mission trip. On top of this, she volunteers as an usher at the Pacific Coast Conservatory and has done so for 3 years. Way to go, Hanni!
Hanni is a senior at Santa Ynez Valley High School where she competes on the track and cross-country team. After graduating, she plans to complete her general education courses and American Sign Language classes at Alan Hancock Junior College. She dreams of one day owning her very own coffee house & flower shop. We cannot wait to see all of the amazing things she will go on to do!
On top of receiving private speech therapy at our center for almost two years, Eddie was part of our after-school social skills program, Super Brains, from kindergarten through first-grade. Since graduating from both of these programs, he has gone on to accomplish so much!
Eddie is now in fourth grade at Adams Elementary where he was recently elected onto the student council as Member at Large. Eddie stood up in front of his school to campaign for this position and won over the crowd by sharing how much he loves helping his peers and feels like everyone at Adams is 'one big family'.
We are so proud of all of the success Eddie has had in his language & speech after graduating from our center and are cheering him on in his new position. Go Tigers!
If you have a success story to share please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would love to hear from you!
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Summer 2018 Updates at RiteCare!
Camp Chit Chat:
Camp is in session! With three weeks down, it is bittersweet that our 9th year of Camp Chit Chat is almost halfway over. Everyone had a blast during Camping Week last week and we can't wait to dive into Space Week starting Monday! We have many upcoming themes to look forward to as well including Farmer's Market Week, Safari Week, and Olympics Week.
This summer we are serving a total of 66 children which is more than ever! Nothing is more rewarding than hearing parents gush about the strides their children are making in their speech and language. Keep up the great work, campers!
We are so excited to see everyone at our upcoming events in July!
Join us at our 28thAnnual Lobster Picnic Fundraiser Saturday, July 7th from 11:30am-2:00pm!
We will have live entertainment and a giant raffle with many exciting auction item donations generously donated by local businesses including a six-person wine tasting at Margerum Wine Company, a family membership to the Natural History Museum and Sea Center & many more. Happy bidding everyone!
Pick your tickets up today as this event always sells out. All proceeds go directly toward Santa Barbara RiteCare Language Center.
Mark your calendars! Camp Chit Chat Family Fiesta will be held at La Mesa Park (295 Meigs Road, Santa Barbara) on Friday, July 27th from 4:30-6:30 pm.
Come celebrate everyone's hard work over the summer. We will have a taco truck, bounce house, park playground, and music by Matt Staska Music.
One child and one adult ticket are included in Chit Chat Donation. There is a $5 fee for anyone beyond one camper & one adult. Please RSVP and submit payment for additional attendees by Thursday, July 19th.
Brain Lab Volunteer Britten Vilander and Iona College's Women's Water Polo Team
Britten and her teammates donated money raised at their car wash fundraiser this May to our center. Thank you for making SB RiteCare your nonprofit of choice, ladies. Your support is what helps us continue to give the gift of speech to families in our community.
We would also like to wish Britten all the best as she is headed to Chapman this fall to complete her masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders!
Join Our Waitlist:
Check with Madison at the front desk to see if your child is on our waitlist for Speech and Language Therapy!
In order to be added, your child must be at least 2.5 years of age and have all of the required immunizations for their age range. The primary diagnosis for children to receive therapy is Speech and Language Impairment. Children enrolled in Special Day Class (special education classroom) or those attending kindergarten do not qualify for therapy. Children are also un-eligible for our waitlist if they are already receiving services from more than one provider as our center targets children who are under-served.
The waitlist is a 12-15 month wait which we cap at 50 kids. Once a child's name reaches the top of the waitlist, we will contact the family to schedule an initial screening.
If your child meets the above requirements and you are interested in having them added to our waitlist please call our office at (805) 962-8469 for an intake interview.
See the flyer below for details. Present the digital copy attached or a paper copy (from the front desk) of this flyer during your purchase so they know you are with us!
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Help kids communicate! ~~~~~~~
RiteCare Language Center needs your help! Camp Chit Chat just ended and we provided speech and language therapy to over 70 children this summer. We can't do it without support from people like you who are parents and grandparents of children with communication delays.
We need to raise $55,000 by June 30, 2018 to meet our budget for operating costs for the year. Please consider making a monthly or one-time donation to help us reach our center goal.
$25 provides a game, toy or iPad app used during therapy $50 provides one 30-minute therapy session to one child $100 provides one 60-minute therapy session to one child $300 provides one Fast ForWord license in Brain Lab for one year $500 provides one speech and language evaluation for one child $1,000 provides almost three months of therapy for one child
Donations may be made on our website (sbspeech.org) through PayPal Giving or by sending a check payable to California Scottish Rite Foundation to 16 East Carrillo St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.
Our core programs
Camp Chit Chat
Every summer we help kids communicate by having fun at our themed speech-language therapy camp for preschoolers.