Childhood Language Center

For more than 30 years, the Childhood Language Center (CLC) in Charleston, West Virginia, has provided speech, language, and feeding therapy to help children communicate. The center, which was founded by the Scottish Rite Masons, operates on the belief that all children deserve the highest quality care possible regardless of their ability to pay.

Nationally certified therapists at the center work with children who have speech and language delays, hearing impairment, autism, Asperger’s, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, swallowing disorders, traumatic brain injury, and cleft lip or palate. Speech and language therapy helps children to make choices, communicate needs and wants, interact socially and gain self-reliance, self-respect, and self-confidence.

Program Efficiency Improvements

In the Spring of 2021, the CLC was awarded a Healthy Communities Initiative Capacity Building grant by the Pallottine Foundation of Huntington to purchase laptops with HIPAA privacy screen protectors for four therapists at the center.

The new equipment has given staff members immediate, secure access to the electronic medical record, enabling them to spend less time on paperwork and increase the number of clients seen. Therapists can now track patient progress and enter notes directly into the electronic medical record during therapy sessions, improving efficiency and accuracy. In addition, families have benefitted from increased access to teletherapy appointments, which has reduced the number of appointment cancellations.

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