The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry

Orient of Maryland


The Clinic Corner
By: Miriam Mandel, M.S., CCC-SLP


WARM GREETINGS FROM the Scottish Rite Childhood Speech and Language Center! We are concluding another successful summer at the clinic and looking forward to a busy and productive fall season. 

This past summer brought some exciting changes to our annual summer literacy camp program. This year, instead of weekly camp sessions, the program was implemented daily for two weeks in three different locations with a focus on “Storytime Skills” such as phonological awareness, listening, speaking, and socialization. Each day, the lesson plan revolved around a different story with entertaining theme-based, multi-sensory activities. The growth of the summer camp was made possible through a wonderful partnership between the Scottish Rite Masons and speechlanguage pathologists, the Hearing and Speech Agency, and the Baltimore City Infants and Toddlers Program. The program was once again a wonderful success, and we thank the Scottish Rite Masons for their continued support that enables us to make a difference in the lives of children and families in Baltimore. 

With Fall approaching, we will soon begin another year fulfilling our school contracts at The School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Immaculate Conception School, and Friends School. We value our relationships with staff and students in these schools and look forward to another year of helping children achieve their goals through the screenings, evaluations, and therapy we provide. I am also excited to share that the Hearing and Speech Agency and the Scottish Rite Clinic recently subcontracted with EPIC, a staffing agency, in order to help cover a contract at the SEED School of Maryland. The SEED School of Maryland is a residential, college-preparatory school for middle and high school students, and working with the staff and students there has been a wonderful experience. 

We are fortunate that Kathi Shute has recently joined our staff at the Scottish Rite Clinic and would like to extend a formal welcome to her! Kathi is HASA’s Senior Speech- Language Pathologist and has presented at conferences in the area of fluency/stuttering at the local, state and national level. She is a member of the Center for Fluency Enhancement specializing in working with children, adolescents and adults who stutter. Kathi also supervises SLP graduate students and clinical fellows. She received her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from Galluadet University in Washington, DC and her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Kathi is currently in the process of obtaining her board certification as a fluency specialist. 

A special welcome and thank you to our new office manager, Tara Green, who ensures that each client is treated with outstanding customer service and that the daily operations of the clinic run smoothly. Your work is much appreciated! 

And of course, thank you to all the Scottish Rite Masons for your ongoing support. As always, you are invited to visit the clinic anytime. We wish you and your families a relaxing remainder of the summer and a happy and healthy fall!