The Walker Scottish Rite Clinic is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and was founded in 1988 by St. Louis Scottish Rite Masons to serve preschool age children with speech and language disorders. Originally known as the Aphasia Clinic, the name was soon changed to the Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders to more accurately reflect the children served. The Clinic was an independent charitable entity and governed by a 15 member local Board of Directors from 1988-2014. In January 2015, the Walker Scottish Rite Clinic entered into a professional partnership with Maryville University to expand therapy opportunities for children in the Greater St. Louis area. The Clinic continues as a 501(c)(3) organization, now under the umbrella of Maryville University. The Walker Scottish Rite Clinic serves children at seven clinical sites in the Greater St. Louis and surrounding communities. Services include screenings, evaluations, individual and group therapy, audiological evaluations, and parent training. All Clinic services are free to client families.
The Walker Scottish Rite Clinic Outreach
The KidTalk Outreach program serves children at six underserved partner locations in the greater St. Louis region: Jefferson County Health Department (Arnold, MO), Lincoln County Health Department (Troy, MO), Crider Health Services of Franklin County (Union, MO), Scottish Rite Lodge of Perfection (St. Louis City), SouthSide Early Childhood Head Start (St. Louis City), and YWCA-Head Start North County Center (Ferguson, MO).