Monday, March 1, 2010
Ron Reigner loves reading and books. As director of the UWG Reading Clinic, he, colleagues and university students are helping to improve reading comprehension one sentence at a time.
Celebrating its 10th year, the Developmental and Diagnostic Reading Clinic has 42 clients, 71 tutors and four graduate mentors this semester. The clinic is coordinated by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and serves the needs of the community and helps prepare current and future teachers. It is a much-needed service and each semester the waiting list gets longer and longer. It now has a 12 to 18 month waiting list.
The Clinic provides assessment and instructional services to a wide variety of students in grades K-12 and adults who are having difficulties with reading. The clients may have a reading disability or simply need additional help in one or more areas of reading such as pre-reading skills, decoding, comprehension and study skills.
New clients are accepted every semester and spaces are saved for the children of university faculty, staff and students.
The clinic is open one evening a week and uses digital recorders for improving a clients’ oral fluency and comprehension. There is also a library of fiction and nonfiction books for the clients.
Reigner hopes to make the clinic, which shares space with the UWG PreK program, set up for wireless Internet access soon.
“Our goal is to improve reading comprehension and get children and adults excited about reading again,” said Reigner. “There are a lot of children who don’t have the opportunity at home when they are young to learn to love reading.”
Reigner belongs to several groups connected with reading including the Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy and Friends of the Neva Lomason Memorial Library. He is helping to coordinate the month-long Big Read of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which kicks off on March 5 in the Education Center.