About Read/Write Literacy Programs
Everything you need to know
Children who are diagnosed with a Learning Disability in reading or writing (or suspected of a Learning Disability) benefit from direct and intensive instruction. Read/Write Programs offer evidence-based instruction customized to each student's needs. Programs range in intensity from 60 minutes per day to 3 hours per day. The vast majority of our programs are offered in a one-to-one setting.
Our literacy program has offered Structured Literacy for many years through the Lindamood Bell methods. Published research has confirmed the benefits of Foothills Academy’s Read/Write program. “Significant improvements were found in the areas of nonword decoding, phonological awareness, and spelling following the reading remediation program” (Dick, Kaplan, & Crawford, 2006, p.106). More recently we have also added Wilson Reading methods to our Instructors’ repertoires. Our instructors have also trained in the Voyager Sopris: Step up to Writing program to support more focused instruction in writing.
Please note: In addition to one-to-one programs, we now offer a Small Group option for the literacy programs. Small groups include up to three students. If this is of interest, please indicate interest on the application form. Not everyone who applies to a group is accepted into a group. Admission requires other learners at the same age and with comparable or complementary learning needs indicating an interest at the same time. We will work with you to find the best solution if there is not a small group running that works for your student.
Missed lessons/rescheduling: Missed Lessons/Rescheduling: Families may reschedule 1 lesson for any reason. However, a minimum of 6 hours notice MUST be provided. Failure to provide notice of an absence results in the loss of the lesson. There are no refunds or rescheduling for lessons missed with no/short notice.
Withdrawal: If a family withdraws less than 7 days prior to the program start date, an administration fee of $50 will be charged, as an Instructor will already have been secured. The remaining balance will be refunded.
Client expectations: Our Instructors strive to engage their students in a strength-based and collaborative manner. We will let you know as soon as possible if a young person’s emotions and/or behaviour in a session prevented us from working with them in an effective manner. Should this occur, we would work in partnership with you to resolve the situation. If there were ongoing issues that impact the young person’s benefit from the sessions, and/or impact others, we would refund any remaining sessions.