Reading Write Alaska

Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Academic Tutoring serving Alaska’s future

Locations in Anchorage, Eagle River and Wasilla

Who is Reading Write Alaska?

Reading Write Alaska is home to Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Certified Teachers and Special Education Advocates.  Our clinicians are ready to diagnose, treat and support differences and deficits in Language, Communication, Academics, and Fine Motor skills.   We believe in a multi-sensory approach towards treatment and do our very best to make learning fun! Our staff is equipped with expert training and knowledge in all areas of language and learning, including dyslexia.  Our physical offices are located in Anchorage, Eagle River, and Wasilla and we also support more remote areas within Alaska through teletherapy.

A little bit about us…

Why Choose Reading Write Alaska?

Research has shown that the single most important factor in a child’s educational success is the knowledge and skill of the child’s instructor. Finding the right instructor to work with your child can be easier when parents aim to seek answers to the following questions

Reading Write Alaska, Speech Pathology, Anchorage, Wasilla, Eagle River,Alaska

Will my child be accurately evaluated by a highly trained, qualified professional?

Diagnosing dyslexia and other language-based disorders as well as general speech impairments requires a comprehensive evaluation, as well as real world and professional training in the selection and administration of standardized tests. Our Speech-Language Pathologists possess Master’s level degrees in Speech-Language Pathology and have received extensive graduate level training…

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Will my child be accurately evaluated by a highly trained, qualified professional?

Diagnosing dyslexia and other language-based disorders as well as general speech impairments requires a comprehensive evaluation, as well as real world and professional training in the selection and administration of standardized tests. Our Speech-Language Pathologists possess Master’s level degrees in Speech-Language Pathology and have received extensive graduate level training in the administration and interpretation of standardized tests. The diagnostic process should also include a collection of background information, and the analysis and interpretation of relevant data in order to determine a diagnosis.

Our certified Speech-Language Pathologists also have specialized, supervised training and experience in the diagnosis of dyslexia. As dyslexia cannot be accurately diagnosed using a single evaluation tool, we use a variety of both standardized and informal assessments in order to identify factors that may be contributing to a child’s struggles. Our team of professionals work together to determine why your child may be having difficulty with reading or spelling, and what can be done to help.

Their qualifications and certifications allow them to provide the diagnostic code that is necessary for an official diagnosis of dyslexia. Dyslexia evaluations and/or treatment sessions at Reading Write Alaska may be covered by health insurance, depending on your plan and coverage. Following every evaluation at Reading Write Alaska, we hold a parent meeting where we explain the results of testing and answer any questions that parents may have. This meeting also provides an opportunity to educate parents on the subject of language-based disorders and develop an effective intervention plan. In addition to the comprehensive evaluation report, parents are provided with recommendations for accommodations or modifications that can promote increased learning success in a child’s everyday classroom.

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Do the clinicians use their treatment programs as they are intended to be used?

Every clinician at Reading Write Alaska has been certified or is well-trained in the implementation of the Barton Reading and Spelling Program, as well as other Orton Gillingham, multi-sensory based approaches. An Orton Gillingham-based approach is simultaneously multisensory, structured, explicit, and systematic. Research has found that this type of approach is both effective and necessary…

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Do the clinicians use their treatment programs as they are intended to be used?

Every clinician at Reading Write Alaska has been certified or is well-trained in the implementation of the Barton Reading and Spelling Program, as well as other Orton Gillingham, multi-sensory based approach. An Orton Gillingham-based approach is simultaneously multisensory, structured, explicit, and systematic. Research has found that this type of approach is both effective and necessary for successful treatment of dyslexia. Every staff member also uses the Barton Program with fidelity, which means they follow the program as it is intended to be used.

Reading Write Alaska offers treatment sessions that are always one-on-one, which is ideal in order to move at a pace that produces sufficient progress. Each student receives the equivalent of at least two sessions of one-to-one treatment per week in order for the instruction to be frequent and intense enough to master each new skill. Our staff requires each student to master the new skill taught in that lesson, and be able to apply it to both reading and spelling, before moving on to the next lesson. The child’s progress is documented after each session and is reported to the family on a regular basis. Our staff at Reading Write Alaska not only work to provide effective services, but also value the importance of building rapport and a good working relationship with each child and their family. Supplemental work that corresponds to the work completed during sessions is also available for parents who wish to carry over and complete extra skill practice at home.

Reading Write Alaska, Speech Pathology, Anchorage, Wasilla, Eagle River,Alaska

Are the clinicians trained and qualified to effectively treat my child?

Reading Write Alaska employs qualified Speech- Language Pathologists and certified teachers with expert training and knowledge in all areas of language and learning, including dyslexia. After obtaining a Master’s degree, all of our Speech-Language Pathologists complete a one year post-graduate clinical fellowship in the diagnosis and treatment of language-based disorders. Employees of Reading Write Alaska also…

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Are the clinicians trained and qualified to effectively treat my child?

Reading Write Alaska employs qualified Speech- Language Pathologists and certified teachers with expert training and knowledge in all areas of language and learning, including dyslexia. After obtaining a Master’s degree, all of our Speech-Language Pathologists complete a one year post-graduate clinical fellowship in the diagnosis and treatment of language-based disorders. Employees of Reading Write Alaska also understand the importance of continuing education and professional development. Our staff members attend workshops and conferences accredited and sponsored by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association in order to continue learning the newest information related to dyslexia and other language-based disorders. Our Speech-Language Pathologists belong to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and many of the Reading Write Alaska staff members also belong to the International Dyslexia Association.

Most importantly, will this program produce results for my child?

Producing effective results requires time, effort, and family involvement. At Reading Write Alaska, we provide accurate and comprehensive evaluations, which then allow us to select the best intervention program to improve upon the areas of need. By having qualified staff to determine the correct diagnosis, select the most effective intervention plan, and implement the plan of action; the programs we use at Reading Write Alaska can produce steady improvement and noticeable results. Our staff strive to make learning fun and hope to also improve your child’s confidence, skills, and knowledge while doing so. Additionally, dedication to treatment and active involvement at home by the child’s family can contribute tremendously to the child’s success.

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TESTIMONIALS

"The scores on our daughter’s most recent re-evaluation are jawdropping. She has gone from reading 13 words on a word identification subtest to 113 words in a year!! Her score went from 67 to 107! Her spelling score went from a 77 to a 99! She was at an early first grade reading level last year and is now testing at mid third grade! We are so thankful for sweet Miss Lori and all she’s done for us!"

~ CARY

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Reading Write Alaska diagnoses and treats a variety of speech, language, and learning impairments, and occupational therapy. We have offices in Anchorage, Eagle River, and Wasilla.

No 2 people with dyslexia are alike. Most people went to schools that never truly helped with dyslexia. We hope that gets better. Here are some things we hear from people as they describe being dyslexic: 1. I can read. I prefer short bits of info. 2. I can read long paragraphs. I prefer bullet points. 3. I can read. My spelling is poor. I don't like to write emails. I prefer to listen to books. 4. I can read. I like technology with large print and less info on the page. I use a lot of tech accommodations. 5. I read at a grade 2 level. I read at about a grade 5 level. I can read at a grade 9 level. I can read at a college level due to the tutoring I had. I can read at a college level only on topics of interest. I can read beyond a college level-yet I read slower. I have no idea what grade level I read at -but I know that reading is effortful at times. 6. I can read anything I want. Just don't ask me to fill out any legal, banking or other forms. 7. I can read and write. Don't judge me on my spelling or grammar as I was never taught. 8. I can read but not out loud in public. 9. I just hate reading. It brings back horrible memories. I prefer audio books. 10. I can't read and don't tell people. 11. I have no idea how I read. I simply avoid reading as much as possible. My school never helped me. 12. I have my Master's degree. I have a Ph.D. I can read. I hope no one figures out how much extra time I put in. I am a very hard worker. I have 3 degrees and still struggle to read, spell, write and do math. I always wanted to go to college - but had no supports. I didn’t discover I was dyslexic until I was in college. It took me longer to do my work. I didn’t discover I was dyslexic until I was 75 years old and my grandchild was evaluated. 13. My partner does all the paperwork stuff. I am the creative one. I can't even concentrate on all that boring paper work. Help- I have piles of paperwork that take forever. 14. I struggled in my jobs with reading and writing. That is why I became an entrepreneur. It's easier to work for myself. I hire people to do the stuff I struggle with. I am disorganized but super creative. I could never work for someone else so I had to become an entrepreneur. I pay people to do the stuff I find hard. 15. I lost jobs because of my dyslexia. My boss did not understand. I got jobs because of my dyslexia. My boss sees my strengths. I feel like I am under-employed because I never got proper help in school.I was lucky that my parents helped me set up my own business. I was very lucky to go to a private school for dyslexia. I don’t think anyone at my school even knew about dyslexia. 16. I got private help so I am doing well as long as I can go at the pace I need. I was never able to find private help in my part of the world. No one in my part of the world even knows about dyslexia. I got some help -but no one ever helped me with spelling or math. 17. I never got the right type of help. I have found work arounds. 18. People have no idea I am dyslexic. I will not tell anyone. I keep it private. I prefer not to talk about it. 19. I tell everyone I am dyslexic and it is my superpower. 20. I tell my close friends I am dyslexic. I don't focus on that part of my life. 21. I love to go on social media and tell my dyslexic story to the world. I love being in the spotlight. It helps my self-esteem. 22. I am a private person and social media is not my thing. I share dyslexia awareness in my life without going on social media. 23. I am still trying to figure out if I am dyslexic. I am not sure if I have ADHD or dyslexia-or both. I can't afford the testing. 24. For me, the bigger issues are math ( dyscalculia) , executive functions, dysgraphia ( writing). Math-organization- writing my ideas on paper. 25. My child has autism and dyslexia. My child has seizures and dyslexia. My child has Adhd and dyslexia. My child has a mixture of everything. My family has a history of EDS and a combination of neurodiversities. My uncle has dyslexia. People in my family had learning struggles and we never knew why. I have no idea and still need help. I dislike labels. I found the label liberating. I am proud of my dyslexic strengths. I am from a neurodiverse family. The vocabulary will change depending on your culture and experiences. 26. I don't think I am dyslexic. I did go to a public school where more than 60% of the students did not learn to read, write or spell with ease. Most of my classmates never really learned with the methods taught to us. We all struggle with written expression. It's hard to know if we are dyslexic or if the system failed to teach us. We graduated high school without the reading or math skills needed for jobs as adults.27. In my part of the world no one talks about dyslexia. 28. I am just starting to wonder if I am dyslexic. My child is struggling in school and I don’t know why. 29. I am a teacher. I am trying to learn about dyslexia to help my students. I am a teacher and became interested in dyslexia because my own child is struggling. 30. As I am reading this, I wonder if some of my life struggles were due to undiagnosed dyslexia. 31. Some people in my family struggled with mental health needs, addictions, under-employment due to learning struggles that were overlooked by the schools. No one knew about that back then. I never graduated from high school. I wish they helped me in grade 1. I graduated but struggled with jobs due to dyslexia. I graduated and found a career. However, I want the teachers to realize that I had adult mental health struggles that I feel occurred due to lack of school help. I hope schools can realize the impact of inadequate help on adults later life. 32. I am really proud of my creative strengths and feel my dyslexia gives me a great way to see the world. youtu.be/FvrC3zqk3ao?si=hhtQH_xLwW-AO55HWe posted a shorter version of this and other color fonts for people who like that. Scroll through the page to find that.✏️This page is a spelling free zone. ... See MoreSee Less
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