About Us

Our Mission

The Walker Scottish Rite Clinic, a fully integrated program of Maryville University, is committed to teaching two-through six-year-old children with speech and language disorders the communication skills necessary to succeed in school and throughout their lives. This goal is achieved through early identification and long-term therapy and by training parents to use techniques with their children at home.

General Information

The Clinic is a charitable organization providing services to children in six locations in St. Louis City, County and the communities of Arnold, Troy and Union, Missouri. Services are funded by corporate and foundation grants, special fundraising events and individual donations. The Clinic receives no federal funding, and families are never charged for services, regardless of financial status or insurance coverage. The Main Clinic is located in the Myrtle E. & Earl E. Walker Hall, on Maryville University campus at 650 Maryville University Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141. The Walker Scottish Rite Clinic has been serving Greater St. Louis area preschool age children since 1988. To learn more about our history, click here.

Program Goals

The Walker Scottish Rite Clinic’s program addresses the needs of children who are at risk of school failure because of communication impairments. Many children have problems that are not severe enough to allow them to receive services provided by state funded programs or do not have insurance that covers the cost of private therapy.

Because of the free services available at the Clinic, many children in the Greater St. Louis area who would not otherwise be able to receive assistance get the help they need. This goal is achieved through early identification and long-term therapy and by training parents in techniques to use with their children at home.


The Clinic’s nine speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are licensed by the Missouri State Board of Healing Arts and are certified in speech-language pathology by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Hanen Centre. The Clinic serves children at these clinical locations:

  • St. Louis City-Scottish Rite Cathedral
  • St. Louis City-SouthSide Early Childhood Center (Spanish services)
  • West St. Louis County-Maryville University (headquarters)
  • North St. Louis County-North County Center YWCA-Head Start
  • Arnold, MO-Jefferson County Health Department
  • Troy, MO-Lincoln County Health Department
  • Union, MO-Crider Health Center of Franklin County

Each child is served by a Masters-level speech and language pathologist who is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), licensed by the Missouri State Board of Healing Arts, and trained in the Hanen Centre’s “It Takes Two to Talk. ” Therapy sessions are tailored to each child’s particular needs. Services include screenings, evaluations, individual and group therapy, audiological evaluations, and parent training.

To have a child screened at the Clinic, please call 314.529.9200 to set up an appointment. All Clinic services are free to client families.

Click here to meet our team of dedicated staff members and directors.