The University of Kentucky Literacy Clinic serves readers from first grade to high school adolescents who are having reading difficulties. We provide assessment (e.g., tests, observations) and instruction to striving readers, while working with parents and caregivers on literacy learning.
The University of Kentucky Literacy Clinic is a resource to the university and surrounding Kentucky communities. The clinic serves readers from first grade to high school adolescents who are having reading difficulties. University faculty members also provide teacher education to educators regarding how to assess and provide differentiated instruction to striving readers. Because strong literacy practices involve both school and home participation, the clinic also works to develop a partnership with home representatives (i.e., parents, caregivers) regarding literacy learning.
To enroll a reader in the Clinic, please visit the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning’s website and follow the instructions. The Clinic has developed an informal partnership with the Carnegie Center. Readers enrolled in Carnegie’s tutoring program are eligible for the Clinic’s services as resources permit.
For questions about the Carnegie Center’s tutoring program and how to enroll a reader, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (859) 254-4175.
Contact the Literacy Clinic at email@example.com, or phone at (859) 257-9742.
Literacy Clinic FAQHow can I determine if a reader might benefit from the Literacy Clinic services?
Every reader is different, but a child will likely benefit from Literacy Clinic services if you notice the child:
- avoiding reading or complaining about reading.
- either rushing through reading without noticing errors or reading slowly with difficulty.
- having a hard time explaining what he or she just read.
- does not recognize words that he or she has encountered repeatedly.
- having a hard time with school work when any type of reading is involved.
When and where do tutoring sessions occur?
Tutoring occurs Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 West Second Street, Lexington, Kentucky, 40507. There is on-street metered and non-metered parking.
How do I place my reader on the list of potential clients?
Go to http://carnegiecenterlex.org/tutoring/orientation/ and follow the instructions on that page. In short, each year there are limited windows times for registering readers for tutoring. To find out the next registration period, contact Carnegie’s tutoring coordinator at 859-254-4175 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. When you speak to the tutoring coordinator, please mention your interest in being paired with a tutor from the UK Literacy Clinic. Space is limited for both the Carnegie tutoring program and the Clinic program, and we work to make the best matches for readers.
What is the cost of Literacy Clinic services?
All families are welcome, regardless of income level. In line with the Clinic’s partnership with the Carnegie Center, there is a one-time registration fee that varies between $35-$60, depending on the time of year for tutoring. If the reader is on free or reduced lunch in his/her school, the one-time registration fee is $5. After the registration fee is paid, all tutoring sessions are free.
How will I know if my reader has been accepted for services?
What is the procedure for tutoring days?
Am I required to wait at the Carnegie Center during tutoring?
Does the Literacy Clinic provide a list of independent tutors, English language learning classes, educational testing, or other educational resources?
Will a middle school or high school reader benefit from Literacy Clinic services?
- reading strategies in the content areas (e.g., English, math, science, social studies).
- vocabulary building and strategies.
- study skills, though the Literacy Clinic not provide specific test preparation.
- literacy life skills, such as filling out job applications and navigating everyday tasks.
- improving approaches to different text genres, such as a memoir versus a novel.
Are adult readers accepted for services?
What is not part of Literacy Clinic services?
- homework help that is not linked to improving literacy learning.
- test preparation.
- diagnosis of a specific literacy disability.
Does the Literacy Clinic help with writing?
- word study and spelling strategies.
- organizing and planning writing.
- mechanics (e.g., punctuation) and structures (e.g., paragraphs) of writing and how literacy practices are involved.
Who can I contact with questions?