October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month and a local dyslexia-tutoring center in San Clemente, California is offering free reading assessments.
Owner of PRIDE Learning Center in San Clemente, Karina Richland, reports, “Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects about 20% of the nation. That means that one out of every five children in the San Clemente classroom struggles with dyslexia.” Richland, a dyslexia specialist and owner of 5 dyslexia-tutoring centers throughout Los Angeles and Orange County says “Most children with dyslexia in this area go undiagnosed for years. With early detection, proper intervention, and certain accommodations in school, dyslexics can actually improve their reading skills dramatically.”
Warning Signs in School-Age Children
• Child uses memory skills in reading not decoding strategies
• Reads a word on one page but doesn’t recognize it on the next page
• Confuses look alike letters like b and d, b and p, n and u, or m and w
• Makes many reversals
• Substitutes a word while reading that means the same thing
• When reading leaves out or adds small words like “a, the, to, are, of”
• Reading fluency is poor
• Avoids reading as much as possible
• Misspells many words
• Writes illegibly
• Appears lazy, unmotivated, or frustrated
“The sooner a child with dyslexia is given proper instruction, particularly in the very early grades, the more likely it is that they will have fewer or milder difficulties later in life” states Richland.
PRIDE Learning Center provides one-on-one reading help for students with learning differences, including dyslexia, auditory and or visual processing disorder and ADHD. PRIDE specializes in an Orton-Gillingham reading approach for students struggling with dyslexia.
Parents or grandparents can bring their child in October 21st – October 25th for a free assessment that will measure their reading abilities. To schedule an appointment contact the San Clemente PRIDE Learning Center at 949-284-8015 or visit the website at www.pridelearningcenter.com
Pride Learning Center in San Clemente welcomes a new Director, Lauren Rice.
Mrs. Lauren Rice will be in charge of managing the San Clemente tutoring center, as well as planning and coordinating with state regulations and school district contracts, overseeing the supervision of employees and actively engaging the children and families at the learning center.
Pride Learning Center offers one-on-one tutoring and reading therapy sessions for students with learning disabilities including dyslexia, auditory and visual processing, ADHD, autism and other learning differences. Pride Learning Center offers reading, writing, comprehension and math tutoring programs for students of all ages.
Karina Richland, owner of four additional learning centers states, “We welcome Lauren as the new Director of Pride Learning Center in San Clemente. She comes to us with a strong special education and teaching background” says Richland. “Lauren has such a warm and nurturing personality and the kids and parents just love her, she is truly such a wonderful addition to our Pride family.”
Mrs. Rice has a B.S. in Child and Adolescent Development and an Educational Specialist Credential from California State University, Fullerton. Rice is also certified as a Behavior Intervention Case Manager, specializing in autism spectrum disorders. Her expertise includes reading and math instruction in special education, Orton-Gillingham curriculum development, assessment and differentiated instruction.
“I am so honored, and excited to be the new Director at Pride Learning Center, in San Clemente,” states Mrs. Rice. “All of the people associated with the center have welcomed, and expressed their confidence, and enthusiasm in me. The research based teaching approaches that we use at Pride are among the best, and each child’s reading program is personalized to best fit their needs. We at Pride Learning Center are excited to be a part of the community of San Clemente, and hope to be the key into helping some of our kiddos that struggle in reading.”
Previously, Rice worked as a Special Education instructor for Capistrano Unified School District at Philip Reilly Elementary School.