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Reading Clinics
The Reading and Language Arts Department has operated reading clinics for the better part of five decades and helped more than 15,000 children overcome reading difficulties. Children are instructed by experienced teachers completing the practicum phase of their master’s degree in Reading and Language Arts and the clinics are supervised by Oakland University faculty. 

Reading clinics provides complete diagnosis and instructional services.
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The Reading Clinic is for children in grades 1-12. Most children attending the Reading Clinic range in age from 6-16. We sometimes make exceptions to these guidelines. The fee is $300 (comparable services in the public sector may run as high as $2,000). 

Reading Clinics are conducted during the winter and summer semesters in Pawley Hall. Reading Clinics are sometimes held off campus at various locations, including Macomb County, and Grand Blanc. 

Interested persons should fill out a completed application online. Clinics typically fill rapidly. 
Our goal

Our goal is to identify your child’s current reading strengths and needs and provide appropriate instruction to support your child’s reading growth. We strive to help your child learn at least a few new strategies that will support his or her reading. While sometimes children make gains in reading levels, this is not to be expected in one 12-week round of instruction.

Diagnosis

Prior to instruction diagnostic tests are administered to determine literacy strengths and needs. We look carefully at word recognition needs: sight vocabulary, phonetic analysis, structural analysis, and contextual analysis. We thoroughly examine reading comprehension, analyzing oral, silent, and listening skills. Additional diagnostic analysis is conducted through instructional observation. The combined results of testing and observation are used to determine an appropriate and thorough course of literacy instruction.

Instruction

The Reading Clinic provides tutorial and small group instruction. Typically one teacher tutors two children. In some instances, one-on-one instruction is provided. The teacher, in consultation with the supervising professor, determines and implements an appropriate course of instruction based on diagnosis and instructional observation. Clinic supervisors and teachers constantly monitor student progress. Instruction is adjusted as necessary. Instruction focuses on each child’s needs and strengths. This may include an emphasis on any of the following areas: comprehension, word recognition, writing, literature, fluency, study skills, and oral language. Children nearly always make progress in literacy as a result of clinic instruction. For struggling readers, pace of growth is typically slow but steady. Seldom do children fail to make progress when provided excellent tutorial instruction over an appropriate span of time. At the end of the Reading Clinic parents are provided with oral and written reports.

Video disclaimer

Since the clinics are focused also on supporting the learning of the master’s students who teach your child, we video-record all sessions so that teachers can review and discuss their teaching practices with colleagues and their university supervisor. We would like your permission to use this video also for research purposes to improve reading instruction and teacher preparation, and will ask for this permission in the first session. However, you are free to decline your permission for this use of your child’s videos. Your child will still receive the same instruction, and be video-recorded, but the videos will not be used for research purposes.



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This section of reading clinic includes four 60-minute reading diagnosis assessment sessions during which a variety of informal assessments and diagnostic teaching are administered and analyzed to identify readers’ strengths, needs, and reading levels. This information is used, in combination with ongoing observation, to inform instruction, which occurs across twelve sessions. 

Parent participation and support will be part of every clinic.

All sessions of this clinic will occur on Oakland University’s main campus.

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This section of reading clinic includes four 60-minute reading diagnosis assessment sessions during which a variety of informal assessments and diagnostic teaching are administered and analyzed to identify readers’ strengths, needs, and reading levels. This information is used, in combination with ongoing observation, to inform instruction, which occurs across twelve sessions. 

Parent participation and support will be part of every clinic.

Teachers and children in this clinic will meet in their home schools or local libraries. Therefore, teacher-child pairings for instruction will occur based on location. Limited openings may be available.


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Contact: 

The Reading Clinic c/o Paula Peck
490A Pawley Hall
2200 N. Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4494
(248) 370-3054

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