Ask the Reading Specialist: Helping Your Reading Challenged Child

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I will be doing a special talk for parents and families this Wednesday at the Roslindale Branch of the Library. At the end of the session, I will also demonstrate some games and techniques for helping children and teens learn Dolch words. I will also have handouts and resources for the audience to take home. I am really looking forward to this presentation because it is a way to use my education and knowledge to help in my community.

The Roslindale Language and Literacy Center: Powered by Donation

Beginning in the summer of 2013, the Roslindale Language and Literacy Center will be open for business. We offer the following services: Evaluation, Consultation, and Reading and Writing Intervention. We service children and adolescents ages 5 – 18, and we specialize in meeting the needs of  pre-adolescent and adolescent students who struggle with reading and writing. Our services are available at no cost. However, we do accept donations. These donations are used to fund the costs of running the clinic.

Our Process

Initial Interview

The intial interview serves to inform parents and children about our practice and services. This interview allows us to gather information about the child’s academic history and parental concerns. It also provides the child with a chance to experience the evaluation environment prior to the actual evaluation experience.

Evaluation

We provide a comprehensive evaluation of your child’s oral and written language abilities: speaking and listening skills, reading skills, and writing skills. We do not offer psychological testing at this time.

Consultation

The purpose of the consultation is to review the evaluation results with parents, and when appropriate, with the child. We will explain how these results can be used to inform IEP services as well as appropriate strategies and tools for teaching at home and for services at our center. Together, we will examine your child’s areas of strength as well as areas of language learning need.

Reading and Writing Intervention

Based on the results of assessments, we will provide 1:1 or small group reading and writing intervention services to build your child’s skills in reading and writing. Intervention services are based first and foremost on a child’s individual needs, and we utilize  multi-sensory methods to support your child’s learning. Parents are encouraged to attend intervention sessions with children to learn about the intervention process and strategies to assist their child in the home.

Community Access

Our services are free. This allows for all members of the community to access reading services.However, we do accept donations. All proceeds from donations are used to fund the cost of the clinic.

Location

We are located in the Metropolitan Hill section of Roslindale, near the Pleasant Cafe. Street parking is readily available.

Contact

For more information, please contact Jennifer Dines (jenniferdines@gmail.com) or call 617-331-8829.

Roslindale Language and Literacy Center: Open for Business

I am pleased to announce the opening of the Roslindale Language and Literacy Center! All the information is available via the link.