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Literacy Academy

Our Literacy Academy reading intervention program is designed for students with dyslexia or other specific learning disabilities, as well as students who do not have diagnosed disability but who do demonstrate reading deficits. Prior to enrolling a student in the Literacy Academy reading intervention program, a reading skills assessment is conducted to identify the student’s reading skills deficits.

Our Literacy Academy is co-led by three teachers with 69 years of combined teaching experience and 17 certifications.   Caroline works with students in grades k - 2, Alice with grades 3 - 6, and I work with students grades 6 and higher.


Understandably, parents have a lot of questions.   I've outlined the most common questions below.  Please read through these first; if you still have questions, get in touch.

Literacy Academy FAQs

What skills are measured in the Reading Skills Assessment?

Decoding/Word Recognition

Morphological Awareness

Oral Fluency




What does the assessment include and what is the cost?

The reading skills assessment includes an in-person student session with 15 research-based assessments, a detailed results report, and a 30-minute parent phone conference to determine next steps.   Cost is $150.

What assessments are used?

San Diego Quick Assessment of Reading Ability

WordID 20/20 Screener

WordID 360 Diagnostic Exam

Dibels 8 Maze Comprehension

CORE Reading Maze Comprehension

WordID Maze Comprehension

Dibels 8 Oral Reading Fluency

MASI-R Oral Reading Fluency

EasyCBM Oral Reading Fluency

IMSE Orton-Gilingham Encoding Assessment

CORE Vocabulary Screening Test

EasyCBM Basic Vocabulary

EasyCBM Basic Reading Measure

EasyCBM Proficient Reading Measure

CommonLit Reading Assessment (Aligned with CCSS)

Are you qualified to conduct an evaluation for dyslexia or other specific learning disabilities in reading?

No, I am not qualified to evaluate or “diagnose” disabilities. However, as a reading specialist and Licensed Dyslexia Therapist, I am qualified to assess skill deficits, recognize characteristics of dyslexia and other reading learning disabilities, and make referrals to the appropriate professionals who can complete those evaluations. Additionally, I am highly qualified to plan and implement reading interventions and dyslexia therapy for students who need those services. I specialize in working with students in grades 6 and higher, our team teacher Caroline works with students k - 2, and Alice works with grades 3 - 5.

**With the recent addition of a licensed school psychometrist to The Literacy Lady team, we will begin offering dyslexia evaluations this summer.

Please see the Meet the Team section of the website for more details about our team members' qualifications and experience.

What is reading intervention?

It is important for parents to understand that there is a difference between tutoring and academic intervention. Tutoring usually involves tasks like homework help and assistance with the types of assignments being given at school. True reading intervention is about addressing the individual skill deficits that may be causing academic difficulties. It is strategically designed for each child's particular needs, is research-based, and is structured and sequenced with specific end goals in mind. I use an approach to reading intervention that I describe as Advanced Word Study.

What is advanced word study?

While the majority of reading intervention at the elementary level centers on a phonological approach (typically through a specific phonics program), my experience has shown that a morphological approach is highly effective with older struggling readers. What is morphology? It is the study of the form and structure of words through an understanding of affixes (prefixes/suffixes) and bases (which hold the core meaning of the word). Direct, explicit instruction in morphology can improve the student’s word recognition (decoding) and spelling (encoding) and also impact pronunciation and oral fluency. Most importantly, a morphological approach impacts students’ ability to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words as they read more complex, high-school level texts. Being able to figure out the meaning of words as they read ensures that students are not skipping words, which aids in their overall reading comprehension. In recent years, I have enhanced this type of word study through a process called Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) in which students become “word detectives” who explore etymology (origins/roots) in addition to understanding the morphology and phonology of words. WORDS are the building blocks of language. As such, they are the starting point for my approach to improving the reading proficiency of adolescent learners.

What is the cost of the Literacy Academy reading intervention program?

The cost of the program varies based upon the needs of the individual student; for example, factors such as the frequency and duration of intervention sessions play a role in the overall cost. Options will be discussed with parents following the completion of the reading skills assessment.

Thanks for reading all of this!  Still have questions?  Please contact me.
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