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Teacher Writing Alphabet on Chalk BoardWhat is the Centre for Literacy? What approaches are used?

The Centre is a private diagnostic and teaching clinic. Using well researched and evidenced based methodologies, highly trained instructors provide intense intervention to students of all ages in the areas of reading, spelling, writing, comprehension and math disabilities (dyscalculia).

The Centre employs a Response to Intervention (RTI) /Hierarchy of Intervention approach. Instruction is tailored to address a student’s individual requirements and is constantly refined to meet their evolving needs. Support is provided in a caring and nurturing environment. The majority of instruction is provided one on one, in weekly sessions of an hour’s duration.

Services at the Centre most closely resemble Tier Two intervention within an RTI or Hierarchy of Intervention Framework. We have a network of trusted individuals with whom we work for students who may require Tier Three Intervention.

The Centre is dedicated to working collaboratively with classroom teachers and school administrations for the benefit of the student.

What type of students does the Centre serve?

The Centre can benefit students:

  • Coded with learning disabilities whose progress is stalled or very slow
  • Who are not coded but struggle with reading, writing and comprehension
  • Who unexpectedly underachieve at school or only achieve with an extraordinary amount of effort

How can students be referred?

Call or email the Centre. Initial contact is normally made by parents who have learned about the Centre from a teacher, principal, reading specialist, psychologist, physician, Centre client, or others.  We are happy to speak with teachers, principals or consultants who may wonder if the Centre is a good option for a student. A Centre representative will provide information about programming and the information needed to customize the optimal intervention based on a student’s needs.

What type of information does the Centre need?

  • Each student must have an academic pre-intervention assessment.
  • Other current assessments may be used (if available) instead of a pre-intervention assessment.
  • Progress reports and IPPs also provide helpful information.

What is the best way for referring schools and the Centre to work together?

We are happy to work with schools in a variety of different ways. Once the parents or guardians have agreed to an exchange of information, we are happy to share details about the overall learning plan for a student. We will also work with teachers about what they can do reinforce instruction that is occurring at the Centre. We are also amendable to attending team meetings to consider an overall plan for a student. There is a charge for attending meetings of this nature which will need to be borne by either the school or the parents.

Can a school contract with the Centre to provide individualized support for a student? Can that support be provided at the child`s school?

We would be open to such arrangements.

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