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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 fluency, comprehension, writing, and more! The Reading Clinic at LLA Therapy embraces the science 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:

Additional Reading Therapy Information

Information on the types of reading difficulty we treat (Dyslexia, Hyperlexia, Mixed, Compensator)

  • Dyslexia:
    • Difficulty in developing word-level reading skills despite having adequate instructional opportunities.
    • Has adequate language comprehension.
  • Hyperlexia:
    • 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.
  • Mixed:
    • Difficulties with both word-level reading and language comprehension.
    • Usually these students have speech or language impairment and or intellectual disabilities.
  • Compensator:
    • 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 share their child’s reports with our staff and review your concerns. Two sixty minute sessions will be scheduled to evaluate your child’s current reading skills using curriculum and norm referenced measures to establish programing options and baseline performance.

I do not have an existing evaluation: If you do not have an existing evaluation, contact our reading staff and discuss your concerns. If it is agreed upon that moving forward with reading therapy is warranted, two sixty minute sessions will be scheduled with your child to evaluate your child’s current reading skills. Curriculum based and norm referenced measures will be utilized to establish programing options and baseline performance.

For information on appointments, insurance, office policies, and more, visit the Patient Information section of our website.

Evaluation & Therapy Process

The Evaluation Process:

To establish your child’s current reading skills and baseline performance, the following components may be utilized:

  • Parent Interview (30 minutes, usually a phone conference)
  • Letter Identification
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Rapid Naming
  • Word Recognition
  • Oral passage reading
  • Print/cursive skills
  • Spelling

Reading science indicates that difficulties are most successfully remediated early in the primary grades. Our literacy evaluation 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 the completion of all evaluations, results will be carefully analyzed, a report will be written, and the results will be shared with parents. We are able to determine if characteristics of dyslexia are 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.

We are not able to formally diagnose a presence of dyslexia.

Therapy 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
  • Affordability

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Crystal Scheibe

Great place, glad we found them. Been going to Medina over 2 months now and he loves Lauryn and Kyler. Wish they had more ABA therapy places available... live in Wooster and long drive everyday.

Karrie Swan LaRock

My 11 year old son has dyslexia and has made noticeable gains in working At LLA THERAPY. Katie is strong in her approach toward him and also keeps him comfortable enough to perform well. We will continue visiting both the Fairlawn and Hudson offices and recommend them highly.

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My 9 year old just completed about 9 months of weekly speech sessions (due to his stuttering) with Matt Hagge at LLA and we are thrilled with the experience and results. What I thought might be a negative (what kid really wants to go to speech class?) was made very positive by Matt, and my son never hesitated or complained when we talked about class. He really enjoyed it and really took what Matt taught him to heart. His speech has been greatly improved and we definitely recommend LLA. Thank you so much!

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I cannot say enough good things about LLA Therapy. My daughter was a client of Teal Simmons’ for approximately 2 years and was just released from speech therapy! She was diagnosed with Apraxia in 2015 and worked with Teal twice a week. Through Teal’s application of PROMPT therapy, my daughter had age-appropriate speech after one year. All of the staff we interacted with at LLA were absolutely wonderful. They really care about what they do and making sure your child achieves their goals.

Kelli Geisler Davisson

LLA Therapy has been an excellent experience for my son as well as my family! My son always asks, "When can I go see Ms. Jeannine again, is it Monday??" He has also made huge gains in only 5 months! I would highly recommend LLA and have already shared my experience with friends looking for services!

Victoria Hansford-Price

We are so grateful for our Speech Therapist Ms.Teal. We have seen a great improvement with our sons confidence and communication abilities since we have started "Prompt" therapy. What we love the most about LLA and Ms. Teal is that Kohl feels comfortable and relaxed which has played a critical role in his progress. Thank you Ms. Teal for all you have done.

Laura Lee Hogsett

They have helped in numerous ways. Speech, OT and behavioral. I've had numerous compliments on my son's progress thanks in very large part to LLA. I would recommend LLA before I recommend our local children's hospitals, though they are good, they don't have the staff that LLA does.

Amy Furukawa

We had a great experience with Matt Hagge at LLA! Our Middle School age son was becoming very conscious of his voice, which is nasal due to a cleft palate. Matt helped him to better form his sounds and project his voice in a way that makes the unavoidable nasality less noticeable.Our son is more confident and outgoing & even took on a speaking role in the church play. Matt has the perfect personality to relate with our son, and we would recommend him to anyone needing speech therapy services!

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