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Communication Sciences and Disorders
Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences

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Camp Success

Contact Information:
Dr. Michaela J. Ritter
Director of Language Literacy Clinic
Interim Chair

Research has suggested that 80% of children referred for special education (e.g., for learning disabilities or speech-language problems) have reading problems (Kavale and Reese, 1992). A child's poor reading skills can prevent him or her from being as successful as he or she could be academically (Moore-Brown and Montgomery, 2001).

Research states that most children with reading disabilities can be taught to read if they get early and effective phonological awareness treatment and specific reading interventions. Research substantiates that programs that use multi-sensory structured language techniques can facilitate children learning to read. With early and effective training, children with reading disabilities will have significantly fewer problems in learning to read at grade level (Diamond and Mandel, 1998). The Baylor University Language and Literacy Clinic provides a comprehensive speech, language and literacy evaluation to determine the appropriate treatment for children with language, reading problems or dyslexia. Following the diagnostic evaluation, recommendations are made for specific treatments that should benefit the child with these areas of weakness.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has a long and notable history of educational and therapy service to the community. The Department began as a subspecialty area within the Department of Communication Studies 56 years ago. It became an independent Department in 1976 and has gone on to be ranked by Newsweek Magazine as the 46th best graduate program out of 115 programs in speech-language pathology. When a subset of "Masters Degree Only Programs" is considered, Baylor's program moves up to the 4th best in the nation.

Historically, two organizations have intervened on behalf of children who are at risk of educational failure because of significant language disorders and dyslexia: Waco Scottish Rite and Baylor University's Communication Disorders Clinic in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. These non-profit organizations exemplify the highest dedication to the humanitarian goal of improving the life success of children with language disorders and dyslexia.

The Waco Scottish Rite began a dyslexia treatment service as part of a movement to help children with speech and language disorders by the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States that began in the early 1950's. This movement led to the establishment of the Scottish Rite's "Rite Care Clinics" that provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders, as well as learning disabilities. Today there are 163 Scottish Rite clinics, centers, and special programs for children and therapists located throughout the United States. Each clinic is staffed by speech-language pathologists or other trained personnel. Through the support of Scottish Rite Masons, these clinics, centers, and programs continue to increase. The value of this philanthropy has long been apparent. Tens of thousands of youngsters across the United States have been helped significantly to overcome their communication problems and thereby improve their opportunities for educational and vocational success.

"Camp Success" is the name of the Waco Scottish Rite sponsored summer camp for treatment of children with language, dyslexia, and language-based reading impairments. Camp Success captures the hope, enthusiasm and intent of this program.