February 9, 2012

VKC program aims to help children struggling to read

VKC program aims to help children struggling to read

The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center will hold two new summer reading programs for struggling readers in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Designed for children who are behind in reading or who have learning, developmental or intellectual disabilities, the reading clinics provide intensive, individualized tutoring using evidence-based assessments and instructional methods to improve reading.

“The goal of the reading program is to continue to develop students’ reading skills in a fun and engaging environment,” said VKC Reading Clinic Coordinator Pam Eatman.

“The summer programs give students the opportunity to practice their reading strategies in a small group environment while developing new friendships.”

All tutors are experienced in reading instruction and either have, or are earning, degrees in Special Education or Speech Language Pathology.

“Read, Enjoy and Discover (READ),” offered June 12-22 and July 10-20, is a two-week, half-day program for rising kindergarten through eighth graders who are at least one year behind in reading or have a diagnosed disability.

“Amazing Race to Reading (ARR)” is a one-week, daylong program offered June 25-29 for rising fifth through eighth graders who have a specific learning disability or are at least one year behind in reading.

Returning reading clinic clients are eligible for priority enrollment now through Feb. 15 with open enrollment following for new participants.
The cost is $1,080 with need-based scholarships available for those who qualify.

More information is available at http://kc.vander-bilt.edu/readingclinic/.
To apply, call 936-5118 or email readingclinic@vanderbilt.edu.