KEYSER - The Children's League is excited about the creation of the recently opened “Rite Care” Early Childhood Language Disorders Clinic operating at the Mineral County Health Department.

KEYSER - The Children’s League is excited about the creation of the recently opened “Rite Care” Early Childhood Language Disorders Clinic operating at the Mineral County Health Department.
Cathy Growden executive director, stated, “Although the Keyser clinic has only been open less than six months we are delighted that children are being referred, evaluated and receiving weekly speech therapy.”
Through the cooperation and collaboration with the Mineral County Health Department, speech therapy is now offered in Mineral County to children birth to 21. This ensures that children from the County and surrounding area throughout West Virginia have access to free, professional speech therapy near where they live, learn and play.
“Communication disorders are treatable, yet all too often we find parents are waiting longer than we’d like to bring their child in for an evaluation,” said Debbie Friend, speech-language pathologist at the Mineral County “Rite Care” clinic.  
Ms. Friend continued, “Timely intervention is important, as untreated speech/language and hearing disorders can lead to problems with reading and writing, academic success, social interactions, behavioral problems, and more. These disorders are highly treatable and, in some cases, can be reversed or even prevented. So our message to parents is: If you have any concern, don’t wait to see if there is a change. Trust your instincts, and get it checked out.”
The Keyser clinic is the third Scottish Rite “Rite Care” Early Childhood Language Disorders Clinics that The Children’s League operates.The two other “Rite Care” clinics are located at the Allegany County Health Department in Cumberland, and the Paul B. Naylor Masonic Hall in Oakland.
In addition to speech therapy The Children’s League also provides free orthopedic, cerebral palsy and cleft lip/palate clinics as well as physical therapy at their Cumberland office. All League services are free to the patient (birth to age 21) and their family.  
To have a child seen for any service at any location please call The Children’s League office 301.759.5200.