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Vanderbilt Kennedy Reading Clinic accepting applications to assist struggling readers

Apr. 28, 2005, 1:36 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ñ Learning to read is a struggle for one in five
children. The Vanderbilt Kennedy Reading Clinic is currently accepting
applications for two summer sessions. The first session will be June
6-30, and the second session will be July 11-Aug. 4.

“Early intervention is critical for students‘ future achievement.
Clinic tutors use methods that have been proven effective by rigorous
research,” Doug Fuchs, clinic director and Nicholas Hobbs Chair in
Special Education, said.

Participating children will meet with experienced graduate student
tutors or public school teachers for 60 minutes, four times a week for
four weeks. Students will work with tutors to understand how letters
correspond to sounds and will practice recognizing words so they can
read and understand them more easily in storybooks, magazines and

Reading progress will be measured regularly and instruction will be
adjusted often to address individual needs. Parents will receive an
initial assessment and a written report each week.

Students are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. For
information on costs and to register, contact clinic coordinator Caresa
Young at 615-936-5123.

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Development and
Disabilities is a national center for research on development and
disabilities. For more information on the Kennedy Center, visit

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Media contact: Jan Rosemergy, (615) 322-8238

Melanie Catania, (615) 322-7970

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