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Published on August 21, 2012

Scottish Rite Masons, Avera St. Luke’s Team Up to Help Kids with Communication Needs

ABERDEEN (Aug. 21, 2012) – Avera St. Luke’s Hospital and the Scottish Rite Foundation of Aberdeen have partnered to make a strong commitment to area children with communication needs, starting the Scottish Rite Speech and Language Clinic in Avera St. Luke’s Therapy Center.

Services are available for children ages 3 and 4 with mild to moderate needs. A parent contact is all that is needed to initiate the application process. Referrals are also taken from health care professionals, physicians, educators and others. Clinic facilities are specially designed for treating children and feature Avera St. Luke’s certified speech language pathologists, who have expertise in working with children and their families. All services are available regardless of race, creed or the family’s ability to pay, with the Scottish Rite providing payment help when needed.

“When there are questions regarding communication development, diagnostic evaluations are available for a variety of areas. This includes speech articulation, receptive and expressive language, stuttering and voice concerns,” says Shauna Klipfel, director of Avera St. Luke’s Speech Therapy. For individuals seeking speech and language treatments, the first step is to schedule an evaluation. If you have questions, call (605) 622-5772 or email For evaluation and appointment scheduling, call (605) 622-5556.

A major thrust for the philanthropic work of the Scottish Rite Masons has been providing support to children with speech, language and literacy disorders. There are more than 178 RiteCare programs in the United States.