All incoming reading clients receive a reading intake assessment measuring the following domains:
Phonics (decoding of real and nonsense words)
Spelling (encoding of real words)
Sight word recognition
Reading emotions and attitude
Cognitive ability (processing speech)
Clients are also screened for ADHD, Speech/Language Issues, Graphomotor Dysgraphia, and other mental health conditions (Anxiety, Depression, etc...)
An intake assessment report will be provided within two weeks of the assessment date. This report includes analysis of strengths and weaknesses, as well as, recommendations for a reading treatment plan.
Assessment is also used to refer clients for related services including more extensive testing with a psychologist, occupational therapist, speech-language therapist, counselor, etc...
All incoming clients are asked to bring any prior diagnostic testing, school report cards, and work samples.
Reading intervention sessions vary from 45 minutes to over an hour of one-on-one time with a certified reading specialist. Reading intervention activities are tailored to the specific needs of each client and are based on the reading intake assessment. At-home assignments are given to compliment each reading intervention session. We utilize a variety of tools including, but not limited to, Orton-Gillingham based phonics instruction (sequential, direct, and specific with an overlearning component embedded in instruction) and hands-on, multisensory instruction.
READING COACHES FOR THOSE WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENT DISABILITIES
READING FOR ALL
Individuals with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD) can learn to read if provided with systematic, intensive, and ongoing instruction. Unfortunately, individuals with IDD are often denied high quality reading instruction. Learning to read will improve your student’s opportunities and life choices. Instructors in this program are master’s level reading specialists who also have experience and training in working with children, adolescents, and adults with IDD.