Finally a specialized day school designed for your child’s individual need and unique learning modality!The Reading Clinic School
The primary goal of the Elementary Program is to empower children to become confident, competent students. The core curriculum provides instruction in all traditional subjects iin addition to mental health practices, art, life skills, gardening, animal husbandry and stretching and breathing techniques.
Our philosophy begins with respect for each child’s natural ability and desire to learn. We provide a positive and simulating educational environment which facilitates individual learning, encourages experimentation and develops critical thinking and problem solving skills. Our goal is to enable each student to achieve his or her personal best in the pursuit of academic excellence.
The mission of The Reading Clinic of Central Florida is to research, design, and provide the best academic program and learning environment possible for the comprehensive education of students who have dyslexia and related language difficulties. Our goal in the school as well as our after school sessions is to facilitate the development of self-confidence and to provide our students with the academic foundation necessary for them to reach their true God given potential.
There are many ways to get involved in our school. It is important to us to have our students’ families help with extra activites, field trips, and other day to day events. Along with physical presence, providing additional grants and funding are assets that we appreciate. We like to receive community guidance and experience , which are valuable to our students, instructors, and staff. Along with our staff and personnel, parents and students are the eyes and ears of our school and their help is greatly appreciated in additional matters.
Research indicates that good readers use several well-developed skills as they draw meaning from the page. Besides figuring out words from contextual clues, they have to break the code of written language– decode by correct phonetic processing. At the same time, they must quickly recognize common words and common patterns in words.
The sounding out words from letters, first requires the ability to pull apart and order the individual sounds that we blend together in syllables. These individual sounds, the smallest units of language, are called phonemes.
The Reading Clinic uses a multi sensory approach to reading. This method allows reading to be taught through the senses. During a therapy session, auditory, visual and kinesetic avenues are used to develop the language.
After students begin to understand how to deal with the sounds and letters in words at a one-syllable level, it becomes far easier for them to deal with more complex words. We help students develop a plan for word attack by breaking these words up into their component parts.
Just as important as the ability to sound out words is the rapid recognition of frequently seen words and patterns in words. Recalling these “sight words” requires a strong visual memory.
Our Day Sessions:
In order to help students with learning disabilities/learning differences (LD) develop the self-discipline necessary for future independent study, our program is highly structured, yet the school’s overall atmosphere is familiar, understanding, and supportive.
The Reading Clinic’s remedial language program provides language therapy designed to address all levels of achievement. Our teachers are trained in structured language teaching, a multi-sensory approach based on the Orton-Gillingham method, a remedial approach recommended by leading researchers.
The Path Beyond Just Reading……..
First, a student demonstrates the ability to read and comprehend written material and to conceptually image their understanding. Then, step by step, students move into list writing, constructing sentences in a variety of forms, vocabulary, note taking, and paragraph writing.
Just as children need to come to understanding before they can develop true comprehension, they also need to see what numbers mean before they can reach true mastery of the subject. This process is accomplished by our students with hands on manipulation of mathematical equipment.
Our students learn the concept of math by manipulating materials that give a concrete view of the problem they are attempting to solve. Once the understanding of the math concept is achieved they then move on to visualization of mathematical processing and then and only then do they move on to abstraction of the concept. Mastery is the process of moving a student from the concrete to the abstract through repetition.