Speech and Language therapy works...
and lasts a lifetime.

Founded and supported by Scottish Rite Masons
Early Life Speech & Language, formerly RiteCare of Washington, has offered intensive, individualized speech and language therapy for children aged 2-7 in Washington state since 1984. Services are provided free of charge to families thanks to the generosity of our founders, the Scottish Rite Masons, and our community of donors.
In Washington state, we estimate that there are more than 30,000 children under the age of five who may be struggling with speech and language delays. Our mission is to help toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary school-aged children overcome communication issues at a key developmental stage in order to reach their full potential for lifelong success. Left untreated, kids with speech and/or language delays are at an increased risk of falling behind developmentally, academically and socially.
We work with young children who exhibit significant speech or language delays but are otherwise developing typically in the areas of physical and cognitive abilities. Children are considered for services without regard to family income, insurance or Masonic affiliation.
See more about the specific issues we treat here.
Parents are our Partners
A key part of our treatment philosophy is the inclusion of parents and caregivers. Early Life Speech & Language therapists work closely with families to define treatment goals and to teach parents and caregivers how to help children master essential speech and language skills at home and during everyday routines and activities. We also encourage parents to attend our free Parent Education classes on a variety of topics.


The prevalence of speech sound disorder in young children is 8 to 9 percent. By the first grade, roughly 5 percent of children have noticeable speech disorders; the majority of these speech disorders have no known cause.

SOURCE: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.