Baylor 'Camp Success' To Receive Check From Waco Scottish Rite

July 17, 2003

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Waco Scottish Rite Bodies will present a $30,000 check to Baylor University's Communication Disorders Clinic at 1 p.m. Friday, July 18, on the second floor of Neill Morris Hall on the Baylor campus. The funds benefit "Camp Success," a summer camp for Central Texas children with language and literacy problems, including dyslexia.

Claude Ervin, chair of the Waco Scottish Rite Bodies, will present the check to Dr. David Rivers, professor of communication sciences and disorders, and Michaela Ritter, Camp Success coordinator. Refreshments will be served following the check presentation.

Approximately 20 percent of children enter public school classrooms with "specific language impairments" and will struggle considerably when they start to learn to read. Dyslexia is the most common reading disability in elementary school, affecting equally males and females, as well as children from different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. In Central Texas, more than 4,500 pre-kindergarten children are estimated to have significant language disabilities.

Waco Scottish Rite and Baylor's Communication Disorders Clinic in the department of communication sciences and disorders both have a long history of helping children with language disorders and dyslexia. Today, there are 163 Scottish Rite clinics, centers and special programs for children and therapists located throughout the United States, while Baylor has graduated more than 1,200 speech-language pathologists since the department began in 1976. In turn, Baylor students have provided thousands of Central Texas children with treatment of their speech, language and hearing disorders at little or no cost to their parents.

Twenty-three children with language and literacy problems are being served by Camp Success, which began July 7 at the Baylor clinic. The camp will end Aug. 5.

For more information, contact Rivers at 710-6370 or Ritter at 710-4745.

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