Posted Tuesday, May 15, 2012 --- 4:25 p.m.
For the past few years, the Dean Foundation Reading Clinic has helped struggling readers in its Middleton clinic.
This month it will open the doors to a new location.
“The need and interest for a new reading clinic has grown to a point where a satellite clinic makes sense,” says Al Arnold, Director of the Dean Foundation Reading Clinic. “People drove to Middleton from quite a distance. The Portage community has been very supportive and welcomed us with open arms.”
The Dean Foundation Reading Clinic is an innovative program that helps children who suffer from many different types of reading disabilities. In fact, about 20-percent of children struggle with reading, but only a small number of them actually qualify for specialized help in school.
There are a number of directives that help make the Dean Foundation Reading Clinic unique and effective:
-- An in-depth reading evaluation to determine the cause of the reading difficulty
-- A lesson plan specifically created for each student based on his or her individual needs
-- One-on-one tutoring sessions for students and their parents/caregivers
-- Consultations with the student’s teachers
-- Training for parents so teaching and learning can continue at home
The Dean Foundation Reading Clinic is run by Al Arnold, MS and Dan Gustafson, PhD. Al Arnold is a former reading teacher, principal and university instructor. Dr. Dan Gustafson is a neuropsychologist who conducts in-depth evaluations of dyslexia and other learning problems.
The clinic is endorsed by Dr. Maryanne Wolf, one of the top reading remediation experts in the world. Dr. Wolf is the Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University and a research scientist at the Harvard Medical School.
A free information session will be held for parents and educators in Portage on Monday, May 21 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It will take place at Dean Clinic – Portage, 2825 Hunters Trail.
A second information session will be held in Madison on Monday, June 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Dean Clinic – West, 752 North High Point Road.