Ira Aaron founded the Reading Clinic in 1956, and today it is one of the oldest continuously run reading clinics in the country. He was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame in 1983.
The Reading Clinic is offered every spring semester for 10 weeks.
Students from the community in kindergarten through 12th grade come to the reading clinic's Aderhold office for one-on-one work with students who are enrolled in our graduate course LLED 6020, "Practicum in Reading Instruction and Assessment." Tutors focus on word recognition strategies (including decoding using phonics), word meanings (through vocabulary development), reading fluency, and comprehension through a variety of teaching methods embedded in literacy activities. The Reading Clinic has its own library of leveled books to use during the tutoring sessions, and students may take them home to enjoy with their family, friends, and even pets.
We suggest parents contact us in the fall in order to get their child on the list for consideration.
Our tutors are typically aspiring or veteran teachers dedicated to helping youth who struggle in reading. They are matched with children based on parent applications and teacher reports, and are observed and supervised by a member of the language and literacy education faculty.
Your child will receive personalized instruction that connects reading, listening, writing, and speaking to their interests or hobbies. They will work with their tutors on projects that involve using reading, writing, and other skills, such as writing a script and performing a puppet show, researching a topic of interest, or composing their own picturebooks in print and digital forms.