The Clinic Corner
By: Kathi Shute, M.S., CCC-SLP
GREETINGS. My name is Kathi Shute, I am the newest team member of the Hilgenberg Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Disorders in Baltimore. I am the senior speech pathologist with the Hearing and Speech Agency and am happy to now be serving as the coordinator at Scottish Rite. While I am new to the center itself, I am not new to the profession or to the Masonic family.
I have been practicing as a speech language pathologist for 14 years and have been with the agency for 11. I specialize in working with people of all ages who stutter and have extensive experience with childhood language and speech disorders. Working with children and families drives what I do and I am proud to be able to be partof the expertise that is offered through the Scottish Rite center.
In addition to my work as a speech pathologist, I have long relationship with the Masons. My grandfather was a Mason and Shriner and my grandmother was very active in the Eastern Star. I grew up in North Carolina and was an active member of my local Rainbow for Girls Assembly, including serving in a state position. I continue to be a member, though less active, of the Eastern Star and White Shrine Chapters of which my mother still serves office. I am excited that I am now able to bring my professional skills as a speech pathologist and personal experience with the Masonic family together in Baltimore. Thank you for having me!
My time so far at Scottish Rite has been busy and exciting! In October, we held our annual Basket Bingo to support the Charitable Fund. We had a great time and raised funds to help support the wonderful work we do with the center. We thank everyone who joined us for such a fun evening!
We are fully entrenched into the school year in which we provide speech and language services to three local private schools. This included screening close to 100 students at the beginning of the year to determine if services were needed. We were able to identify students that may have slipped through the cracks otherwise, who are now being supported in the school to help them better achieve both communication and academic goals. It is our goal as well, to help teachers better understand language and communication challenges of their students. The strategies we help implement with teachers translate to all students in the classroom.
In addition to the schools, we are also growing our clinic based caseload. We brought two additional speech pathologists to work with us in the center. We would like to welcome Celeste Segal and Jen Smith, both seasoned speech pathologists with the Hearing and Speech agency, who join us part time. They are helping to provide services to additional clients in the evening which allows us to reach out to more children and families. It is exciting to see our center continue to grow!