Speech and Occupational Therapy in Anchorage, Eagle River, and Wasilla

Alaska’s Trusted Speech Therapists & Private Tutors

Who is Reading Write Alaska?

Reading Write Alaska diagnoses and treats a variety of speech, language, and learning impairments. We have offices in Anchorage, Eagle River, and Wasilla. Our clinic is comprised of both Speech-Language Pathologists and Certified teachers with expert training and knowledge in all areas of language and learning, including Dyslexia. We also have Occupational Therapists who focus on fine motor and handwriting. We believe in a multi-sensory approach toward treatment and do our best to make learning fun.

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. Unfortunately, finding the right instructor for your child can be a daunting task. In order to select the right person to help your child, every parent should seek answers to the following questions.

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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…

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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 for successful treatment of dyslexia…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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