The Art and Science of Speech, Language and Literacy: RiteCare 2012

October 1, 2012

Our 2012 RiteCare conference titled “The Art and Science of Speech, Language and Literacy,” was filled with informative presentations by nationally recognized speakers on evidence-based clinical applications. The conference convened with a Texas-style welcome reception on September 13 at the Omni Dallas Hotel, in the center of the revitalized downtown Dallas. At the reception, artist Desmond Blair, a former patient at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, worked on one of his latest creations while everyone enjoyed the view of beautiful downtown Dallas.

The conference agenda included various speakers who focused on topics ranging from assessing children’s narratives, to creating public awareness about your brand and story. Speakers this year included:

Sandra Laing Gillam, PhD, Professor of Speech-Language Pathology, Utah State University

Ron Gillam, PhD, Raymond and Eloise Lillywhite Endowed Chair of Speech-Language Pathology, Utah State University

Callie Rogers Emery, MD, Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist, Clinical Faculty, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Mark G. Bateman, Vice President of Public Relations, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Tommie L. Robinson, Jr., PhD, Director, Scottish Rite Center, Children’s National Medical Center, The George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Jeffrey L. Black, MD, Medical Director of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Deborah Hayes, PhD, Kelley Family/Schlessman Family Scottish Rite Masons Chair in Childhood Language Disorders, Childrens Hospital Colorado

Marsha B. Carpenter, MD, Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Erin Haag, Associate Director, KidTalk-Oregon Scottish Rite Clinics

Michaela Ritter, EdD Faculty/Associate Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Baylor University

Sue Jones M.A., CCC-SLP by Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

The Keynote speaker was Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, who is the Founder and Chief Director of the Center for BrainHealth®, and the DeeWyly Distinguished Professor, University of Texas at Dallas. Chapman spoke on “Rewiring the Brain to Think Smarter At Any Age,” where she explained that the latest discoveries in neuroscience provide opportunities to take advantage of the brain’s constant activity of rewiring itself. She provided highlights of ways to capitalize on the brain’s immense capacity to rebound and repair in disability and to build resilience in the healthy brain. And, interestingly, the audience was inspired to take active steps to build healthy brain habits every day.

A RiteCare Conference Celebration was held at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, where the guests were given private tours of the facility, and the opportunity to hear Ambassador Lyndon L. Olson, Jr., 33rd, Chairman, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital as the evening’s guest speaker. The conference concluded with round table discussion groups and topic presentations which gave everyone an opportunity to share the best and brightest from our RiteCare Clinics and Centers.

A special thank you goes out to the conference organizers, Gladys Kolenovsky, Director of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders and Susan Dyess, Outreach Assistant, and the entire staff of the clinic at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. The hospital is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Admission is open to Texas children from birth up to 18 years of age. Patient receive treatment regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For more information, to volunteer, or to make a donation, please call 214-559-5000 or visit