Reading Clinic FAQs

1. Who is the director of the reading clinic?
2. What services does the clinic provide?
Prior to instruction, all of the children are administered two formal assessments the Gray Oral Reading Test-5 (GORT-5) and the Test of Written Spelling-4 (TWS-4). These assessment tools provide our tutors with a measurement of students’ reading accuracy, fluency, comprehension, and spelling skills; allow tutors to attain information about their students’ reading and spelling strengths and weaknesses; and document students’ progress after receiving 14 one-to-one literacy tutoring sessions. Each student is assigned one tutor who, under the observation of Dr. Houge, maps out a tentative course of instruction. The tutor constantly monitors progress and adjusts instruction as needed. Instruction typically focuses around fluency, vocabulary, oral guided reading, writing, and reading aloud.
3. Do parents receive a report of their student's progress?
At the midpoint of the semester, parental conferences are held to report progress and make recommendations for future growth. The parental conference is followed with a written report sent to the home address after all instruction is completed. It provides a description of the reading/writing diagnosis, instruction, and recommendations.
4. How old does the student have to be?
We work with children in grades 1-12.
5. Does the student need to have reading difficulties?
Any student that parents feel will benefit from our program is welcome. This means that if a student is reading above, at, or below grade level they may attend our clinic. We believe that if parents feel the school is not challenging their student, who is reading above grade level, then by all means bring them to the clinic to receive instruction that will be at their level of reading. We also believe that students who are reading and writing at grade level deserve the opportunity to receive one-to-one tutoring in the reading clinic to reinforce their level of reading and writing or move them ahead. Finally, students reading and writing below grade level are welcome to attend the reading clinic to receive one-to-one instruction in reading and writing.
6. What type of instruction occurs during each tutoring session?
For one hour, your student's tutor will use a variety of instructional activities, the length of which depends on your student's age. For example, the tutor will do more activities for shorter periods of time when working with a first-grader compared to working with a sixth-grader. All tutors follow an instructional plan.