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PRESTONSBURG – Highlands Speech & Language Therapy will soon be working with RiteCare to provide a speech and language service expansion to the Eastern Kentucky region.

Highlands Speech & Language Therapy evaluates and treats a variety of speech language disorders, including articulation, phonological processing disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, fluency, oral motor, and feeding disorders. Other than federally-funded programs available within school systems, the opening of Highlands Speech & Language Therapy a year ago established Highlands as the only provider of speech therapy in the area.

RiteCare is a national philanthropic organization that has dedicated itself to speech and language therapy for children in need. The Covington Scottish Rite Foundation is partnering with Highlands Speech & Language Therapy to bring Rite Care to the children in our region. Rite Care is intended for kids in the 2-5 year old age range to prepare them for school. Qualifying families will be those that are not eligible for state/federal assistance, yet have no insurance or have unaffordable co-pays.

Covington Scottish Rite Foundation has a service center in Cold Spring, Kentucky with Speech and Language Services, and opened their first expanded service in Ashland in 2012. Beginning Jan. 1, the third service will be established at Highlands Speech & Language Therapy in Prestonsburg through the Highlands Regional Medical Center.

Amber Fleming, Director of Speech Therapy, says, “We are excited about the opportunity to work with Rite Care. Our goal is to find resources for providing services to those in need.”

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