Children’s Literacy Services assist children who struggle with reading

By Jessica Vaughn
Posted 1/14/19

SUMMERDALE – If your child or grandchild struggles with literacy skills, there’s a new business in Summerdale seeking to help. Children’s Literacy Services is now forming 2019 classes. Space is …

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Children’s Literacy Services assist children who struggle with reading

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SUMMERDALE – If your child or grandchild struggles with literacy skills, there’s a new business in Summerdale seeking to help. Children’s Literacy Services is now forming 2019 classes. Space is limited, and the tutors encourage parents to sign their child up today to ensure their spot.

Children’s Literacy Services aims to assist children in improving reading, writing and spelling abilities. They have a focus on literacy skills and provide trained, experienced tutors to work with children struggling in target literacy areas. The tutors utilize an Orton-Gillingham based program that engages all the student’s senses and presents material in a structured sequential format.

Children’s Literacy Services offers a specialized program with a focus on children who have been identified as being dyslexic. Dyslexia, a learning disability that affects some children’s reading ability, is defined by the International Dyslexia Association as “a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties in accurate or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.” Children with dyslexia do face challenges, but these children are also creative, out-of-the-box thinkers with mathematical ability and spatial reasoning.

Statistics show 15 – 20 percent of school-aged children have reading problems, and for 90 percent of poor readers early intervention tutoring can increase reading ability to an age appropriate level. The Children’s Literacy Center will begin helping your child by conducting a 30 – 45 minute assessment with a dyslexia therapist; there no charge for the assessment. Afterwards, the therapist will create a plan to address the child’s specific needs and set goals for improvement. Your child may participate in a one-to-one session or small group program. The tutors advise at least two sessions lasting between 45 – 60 minutes per week for substantial progress to be made.

The goal of Children’s Literacy Services is to provide quality instruction at affordable rates. Monthly group rates are also available. Tuition assistance may apply, and the tutors are happy to help parents apply for any applicable assistance. Tutoring is available during the afternoon and early evening, and students attending public, private, or home schools are welcomed. Each session engages children in phonemic awareness, structured phonics, improving vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and handwriting.

Dr. Teresa Harden, a retired educator, shares her experiences with Children Literacy Services: “My grandson has been tutored by Children’s Literacy Services for the past year. Before receiving tutoring services, he was failing reading and writing, while his other academic areas suffered, along with his self-esteem … With this service, his skills and confidence improved greatly. The curriculum that is used is systematic and structured, and the staff is highly trained and caring.”

To learn more about Children’s Literacy Services, give them a call at 251-747-6464, or stop by their office at 204 NW 1st St in Summerdale (located within the old police station).