Reading Programs for Kids

The Difference is your Child is being taught by a licensed or Credentialed Educational Expert in Reading

 

Beyond Classroom Walls is owned and operated by a licensed speech-language pathologist and nationally certified speech therapist who is a clinical expert in child language development, reading literacy as well as language and vocabulary delays. We are the best choice. Our reading tutoring and writing instruction is delivered by licensed and credentialed expert professionals, not tutors, trainers, or assistants. Your child will receive reading and writing instruction from a:

  • Licensed speech pathologist or speech therapist with a specialty in reading development and literacy.
  • Credentialed education teacher with a specialty in child language development and reading and writing literacy.
  • Credentialed special education teacher and learning disability specialist.

We are clinical, educational experts with students who have reading and writing challenges. We understand the frustrations kids experience when falling behind in academics and the pressure it causes. We have dedicated our careers to supporting kids and are highly experienced with the causal factors of reading and writing delays and the approaches to solve the problem.

As you compare other local companies, ask specifically about your child’s instructor’s credentials and experience.  Ask if they are a “tutor” or a fully credentialed teacher or therapist by a university with an advanced degree in education, speech pathology or special education. If you are spending money on what should be a skilled service, verify that the instruction is being delivered by a skilled and fully credentialed reading and writing professional.

 

We Also Include Writing

 


When it comes to reading and writing, each skill supports the other. Kids learn reading from writing. Often reading difficulties are due to confusion with letters and sounds, grammar, vocabulary, phrasing and being flexible with text and being able to move and change the order of phrases. To support reading, we include fun writing exercise such as “Word of the Week11 or “Supersized Sentences11 from our SOS publication. Both exercises improve reading by working with blended sounds, building descriptive vocabulary, WH clauses, phrases and grammar. In each session or for homework, your child will complete a quick and fun writing exercise. Reading and writing are reciprocal skills.

 

Our Reading Programs are Data Driven

 

All kids have different needs and not all programs meet the same goals. We offer a variety of programs that target specific skills and all of our programs are supported by data. This means our selected programs meet standardized normative data compared to peers on a national level. We work with valid and credible programs.

 

Our Reading and Writing Program Design

 

We work at your child1s pace and all sessions are interactive and engaging. We do not expect kids to do boring worksheets. Once goals have been established and the causal factor of the reading delay is understood, the learning process is active and fun. We frequently reassess to ensure your child is making progress. We have a home program and provide a list of fun apps to build and reinforce skills. We also include instruction fro SOS: Strategies Offer Solutions so your child can learn how and when to apply helpful strategies. At the end of every session, you will know the goal, how your child performed and next steps. We will also communicate with your child1s school to share progress and successful strategies.

The Reading Hierarchy

 

Every child is different as to why there is a delay with reading. In general, when we look at reading ability there is a hierarchy that related to grade level. Everything we do here is designed to meet your child’s unique needs and all components that need to be included will be in your child’s reading program. Click for the definition of the term

 

Kindergarten and Early Elementary

  • Phonics
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Fluency
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary Development

Older Elementary

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Fluency
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Making Inferences

Middle and High School

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Making Inferences
  • Problem Solving
  • Executive functioning
  • Semantic Knowledge and life experience
  • Recognizes and applies the use of strategies

 

Definitions:

Phonics: This is your child’s ability to identify letters or groups of letters and sounds within the alphabet.

Phonemic Awareness: This is your child’s ability to hear, identify and manipulate the smallest units of sounds that makes words. Your child can recognize how words can be made by rearranging letters or rhyming words.

Fluency: This is your child’s ability to read aloud at a natural pace and understand how punctuation impacts comprehension. It is the bridge between word recognition and comprehension. This is when your child realizes words contain meaning.

Reading Comprehension: Now reading becomes fun because now your child can recognize, process and understand it’s meaning. Your child has the skills for identifying the main idea and supporting details of a story. Your child can now relate experiences and compare it to real life. Your child can ask and answer questions about the content. Reading became exciting.

Vocabulary Development: Vocabulary can be divided into two categories:

  • Receptive Vocabulary – These are words that are stored in your child’s mind. When asked, they can point to the refrigerator, cat, cell phone, etc.
  • Expressive Vocabulary – These are the words your child uses. They will tell you what the refrigerator, cat and cell phone are.

Through common core words, children learn new words and can integrate into academics across subjects. A child can have a delay in either or both receptive and expressive vocabulary. When this occurs, this impacts reading fluency and comprehension as well as writing and storytelling.

Semantic Knowledge: This is when your child’s vocabulary is developing well enough that words have meaning, different meanings and can be applied and used in real life and daily experiences.

Making Inferences: This is a very important reading and cognition skills. This is your child’s ability to take in information, recognize what is important and what is not and then determine a conclusion from all of that information. When there are issues with reading fluency and comprehension this skill can be hard to navigate.

Problem Solving: This is an important skill for reading and comprehension, making inferences and cognitive development. A good problem solver has mental flexibility for identifying problems and having the cognitive flexibility to generate 2-3 solutions to problems.

Executive Functioning: This is the highest level on the cognitive hierarchy. Although this is not a skill for reading comprehension, it is an important life skill. This is your child’s ability to initiate, plan and follow through on tasks. If your child has a term paper that is due, this is your child’s ability to independently create a timeline for completing research, organizing the content, writing the first draft, make edits and have it ready on time. Often kids with learning disabilities struggle with executive functioning skills.

 

We are Clinical, Educational Experts with Students Who have Reading and Writing Challenges

We understand the frustrations kids experience when falling behind in academics and the pressure it causes. We have a team of dedicated professionals who enjoy supporting kids and are highly experienced with the causal factors of reading and writing delays and the approaches to solve the problem.

As you compare other local companies, ask specifically about your child’s instructor’s credentials and experience. Ask if they are a “tutor” or a fully credentialed teacher or therapist by a university with an advanced degree in education, speech pathology or special education. If you are spending money on what should be a skilled service, verify that the instruction is being delivered by a skilled professional.

 

Funding Sources

  • Private Pay
  • Insurance Reimbursement. We collect the fee and then provide a statement to submit for reimbursement from your insurance company or heath savings account
  • CES Waiver. The CES waiver for behavior may be used for our social skills programming. Respite may be used for camps. The waiver does not cover private speech therapy for kids
  • Special Interest-Free Financing available for continual training in our social skills or reading programs. Payments can be divided across 12 months.

Call us for your complementary consultation. We are looking forward to learning about your child and developing a plan that makes reading a school fun. We are located in Aurora Colorado in the Cherry Creek School System and next door to the Aurora School District.