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K-State Speech and Hearing Center partners with Scottish Rite Masons

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Kansas State University Speech and Hearing Center, which offers clinical training for graduate students in communication sciences and disorders, has been designated a Kansas RiteCare Clinic.

At the induction ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, the Scottish Rite Masons will present the center with a $20,000 check to provide evaluation and treatment for children who have communication and swallowing difficulties. More than 175 Scottish Rite clinics exist in the United States.

The event, in Hoffman Lounge in Justin Hall on campus, is open to the public.

The state-of-the-art facility has provided clinical services for communication and swallowing impairments to area residents for more than 50 years. Faculty members, led by Robert Garcia, are licensed to practice speech pathology or audiology in the State of Kansas and are nationally certified.

“The contribution will enable us to extend our services to a greater number of children in need,” said Garcia, program director of communication sciences and disorders.

The center, located on campus at 139 Campus Creek Complex, is part of the School of Family Studies and Human Services in the College of Human Ecology. It includes therapy rooms designed to accommodate individual sessions and small groups. It is equipped with audio and video digital recording systems to enhance clinical teaching and parental involvement.

The Scottish Rites Masons provide funding to support speech, language, hearing and learning disabilities programs for children throughout the nation.

This article was posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services.