Reading Therapy helps individuals who have difficulty acquiring the language skills necessary to read, write, and spell. Services, administered by a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT), aim to improve letter identification, sound blending, reading speed and fluency, reading comprehension, writing, and more!
The Reading Clinic at LLA Therapy embraces the sciences of reading, and strives to stay current with recommendations regarding the acquisition of the English language system to best serve our patients.
To learn more about Reading Therapy, and to see if it is right for your family, please see below:
- Difficulty in developing word-level reading skills despite having adequate instructional opportunities.
- Has adequate language comprehension.
- Difficulties with general language comprehension.
- Adequate word-level reading skills.
- Far less common deficit.
- There is no evidence to suggest that any specific form of reading instruction is the source of hyperlexia.
- Difficulties with both word-level reading and language comprehension.
- Usually these students have speech or language impairment and or intellectual disabilities.
- Usually have strong language skills, reading comprehension is below their language skills, but still within the average range.
- Word reading-skills are below their comprehension skills, but still in the average range.
- Because their overall reading skills are in the average range they are often missed when diagnosing students.
- These students, teachers, and parents, might characterize their reading as effortful.
Based on Gough and colleagues simple view of reading:
Gough, P.B., & Tunmer, W. E. (1986) Decoding, reading and reading disability. Remedial and Special Education, 7, 6-10.
Kilpatrick, D>A. (2015) Assessing, Preventing, & Overcoming Reading DIfficulties. Wiley: Hoboken, NJ.
I have an existing evaluation: If you have an existing educational psychological evaluation, an IEP with data and goals that support reading difficulty, or a current evaluation team report from your school district, chances are we can begin a therapy plan for your child by building upon the recommendations and goals already created.
Parents who wish to enroll their child into the Reading Clinic’s therapy program with an existing evaluation will need to schedule a thirty minute consult with the staff to review the child’s psychological evaluation and learning goals.
I do not have an existing evaluation: If you do not have an existing evaluation, but you are concerned with your child’s reading, writing, and/or spelling abilities we can conduct a literacy screening or a comprehensive evaluation for reading ability.
Literacy Screening (optional): Designed for those who are on the fence about their child’s reading abilities. The Literacy Screening will determine if a *comprehensive evaluation is warranted. The screening process requires one hour and twenty minutes to administer and contains the following components:
- Parent Interview (20 minutes)
- Letter Identification
- Phonological Awareness
- Rapid Naming
- Word Recognition
Reading science indicates that difficulties are most successfully remediated early in the primary grades. Our literacy screening process can help identify problems before they become apparent in elementary school. It is designed to identify students with the potential for experiencing reading difficulties. It is not designed to specifically determine if your student has a reading disability or dyslexia at this time.
*If an evaluation is needed, the cost of the literacy screening goes towards the evaluation cost.
Comprehensive Evaluation: This evaluation process involves the use of many different measurement tools that looks at all aspects of reading, writing, and processing. These tools are norm-referenced, curriculum-based, and anecdotal. This evaluation will be administered by both a licensed psychologist and a certified academic language therapist.
This evaluation requires approximately three hours to administer with breaks (given to prevent fatigue). The parent interview requires an additional twenty minutes.
The evaluation contains the following components:
- Parent interview (20 minutes)
- Phonological awareness assessment
- Word reading assessment
- Spelling assessment
- Contextual reading assessment
- Written expression assessment
- Academic achievement testing
- Receptive language assessment
- Expressive language assessment
At the completion of all evaluations, results will be carefully analyzed, a report will be written, and a parent conference will be scheduled to review results. We are able to determine if dyslexia is present if your child’s reading strengths and weaknesses are consistent with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s (NICHD) definition of dyslexia.
Approaches: The Reading Clinic Staff is able to provide reading therapy sessions using scientifically based researched programs. Therapies will be based upon your child’s evaluation.
It is important to understand that this clinic does not exclusively endorse or subscribe to a specific Scientifically Based Reading Researched approach. Rather, this clinic can utilize several programs to match a child’s unique learning profile including:
- Lindamood-Bell LiPS
- Lindamood-Bell Seeing Stars
- Lindamood Visualizing and Verbalizing
- Multisensory Teaching Approach (MTA)
- Neuhaus Reading Readiness
- Neuhaus Basic Language Skills
- Institute Of Multisensory Education -Orton Gillingham
- Handwriting Without Tears
Session Frequency and Length: Session frequency and length will be mutually determined between you and the Certified Academic Language Therapist following your evaluation and/or consult based on:
- The child’s severity level
- The child’s age of critical instruction
- Family availability