Parents and students frequently ask two questions:
- When should the student conclude his/her visits?
- How do I know my child has improved?
With frequent and continuous Center visits, evidence of growth
in self-esteem and success with reading and/or writing should be
seen within a few months. If the student had difficulty with word
recognition or vocabulary, he/she should have acquired a larger
reading vocabulary, should be reading for enjoyment at home and
should have more confidence at school. If the student had
deep-rooted problems with comprehension, then the growth would be
more gradual. This is because many varied and complicated ideas are
transmitted through reading and the understanding of these ideas
takes time for many students to process. Writing, being one of the
most advanced language arts skills, takes time to successfully
If a school or other facility has previously tested your child,
a copy of the results can be sent to:
Reading and Writing Education
St. John's University
8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439
Contact: Frances Stathis
Fax (718) 990-8037
Please include a daytime phone number with the report.
Sinatra, Ph.D., Director, will review the report and
advise if additional testing is necessary before commencing a
program of improvement.
Practitioners who have been trained in the Orton Gillingham
Multi-Sensory Approach are also available by special arrangement to
work with clients who have been diagnosed with severe word
recognition and spelling problems. Prior to this approach,
additional testing ($100) may be required, followed by a third