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Recognising the uniqueness in each child, and acknowledging the challenges they face, The Workshop Reading Centre is focused on supplying the skills to maximise personal and academic potential.

About

The Workshop Reading Centre is dedicated to assisting children with reading difficulties.

A psychometric evaluation assesses problem areas, reading level, and the most appropriate course of remediation for your child.

Our professional and caring team aim to rapidly close the gap between your child’s potential and his performance, with a strong emphasis on developing a postive outlook toward reading and boosting confidence.

Our reading centre is conveniently located in Pineslopes close to Montecasino.

Our reading obsession

Reading is a complex skill to master.

As formal schooling begins, children learn the ‘code of reading’ – that sounds are represented by letters, and these can be manipulated to form words and sentences which hold meaning. This is an essential skill, and should become automatic as the child becomes a proficient reader.

Brain scanning research has allowed us to see that various areas of the brain are accessed simultaneously for effective reading. Where this does not happen, a reading difficulty occurs and reading problems can become learning problems.

A child should improve 12 months in reading skill for every passing year. If they have a slower rate of acquiring this skill, the gap keeps widening between where they are and where they should be, falling further and further behind. This is the challenge in remediating – closing the gap as quickly as possible.

Our Services

Assessments

We do a full reading assessment based on the child’s age. We measure reading vocabulary, comprehension on both silent and out loud reading, decoding ability, reading speed and reading accuracy. Our tests incorporate both single word reading and passage reading. A comprehensive report is issued to parents and recommendations for improving skill.

We also conduct: Full verbal and non verbal assessment (IQ), Career Counselling, School Readiness and the Dyslexia Screening test

Cellfield Reading Treatment

We are proud to be the Master Licensee for Southern Africa for the revolutionary Cellfield reading treatment. Click here for the dedicated Cellfield page.

Remedial Reading

At The Workshop Reading Centre, we offer one on one remedial reading.

Following a psychometric assessment to isolate the specific areas of difficulty, sessions are structured to address the need specific to each child.

Sessions run for 45 – 60 minutes, once or twice a week. For younger children, a portion of the session is spent on the Phonics software, improving Auditory processing skills, concentration skills, and phonological awareness.

For older children, we cover comprehension skills, which are vital, not only in English, but a skill that is necessary in all testing and exam situations.

Material that challenges and develops confidence and self esteem, improving attitudes toward reading are a vital part of our remediation.

Workshops

These are run at set times during the year on a Saturday morning. The groups are kept small, with a maximum of eight to ten children, to ensure even the shyest child is engaged and participating.

Please contact us for this year’s dates. Should you be unable to attend on these dates, we can arrange a separate workshop at your child’s school, our centre or another venue provided there is a group of at least five children.

Grade 5 Creative Writing

Grade 5 Comprehension

Grade 5 Poetry

Grade 6 & 7 Creative Writing

Grade 6 & 7 Comprehension

Grade 6 & 7 Poetry

Grade 11 Poetry

 

Consulting for Parents

 For parents who wish to directly assist at home, we offer hourly sessions of instruction on how to (age appropriately) read with your child, discuss material and develop reading skills. These consultations can also be arranged for your child’s au pair.

Cellfield

The Cellfield programme specialises in testing and treatment for reading disorders.

What is so different about the Cellfield?

Cellfield targets a learning disability that applies specifically to reading.

Advanced brain scanning has shown that reading disabilities have causes that include not only the auditory/language processing areas of the brain, but also the visual processing areas, in particular, the bridging areas in between.

Cellfield is an effective treatment, because it targets the ability to learn how to read. Those who had undertaken the Cellfield treatment, usually experience a ‘step-increase’ in their reading skills and continue to improve faster than what they could before the Cellfield treatment. Scientific evaluations have shown improvements of up to 12 months in Comprehension skills, and 23 months in decoding ability in the 2 week treatment.

How does Cellfield achieve this?

Children with reading disabilities have a rate of reading improvement that is persistently below their cognitive abilities. This is because they have problems ‘processing’ the visual symbols of our language into their corresponding sounds and then into meaning. Brain scanning research shows that these processing problems are in three broad areas; the auditory, visual, and visual-to-auditory. These problems set limits to the rate at which reading can be learned, and the ultimate level which can be reached.

Most treatment providers target only the auditory and some target just the visual. Seldom do they target both. None so far target the auditory to visual bridging area. Cellfield is unique in targeting all three simultaneously by using computer science. This is why such step improvements can be achieved in just two weeks and reading continues to improve and at a faster rate.

How does the Cellfield treatment make changes to processing?

The Cellfield treatment uses a computer workstation that presents a patented motion graphics design that is always moving over words and sentences that are presented on screen. This is designed to stimulate the transient vision centers in a systematic way, at all times, wherever the eyes look on screen.

The graphics are transparent for half the treatment session and opaque for the other half. When opaque, the graphics assume the additional function by becoming a moving mask, forcing the brain to read incomplete text in between the graphic ‘gaps’, by having to fill in the “missing bits” and to keep the whole sentence clearly in mind.

A major portion of each treatment session targets phonological awareness. There are ‘rhyme’ exercises with electronically stretched target words that allow children with reading disabilities to hear the essential differences between some sounds for the first time. There are also are demanding decoding and encoding exercises that force greater auditory and visual ‘visualisation’.

The Cellfield treatment consists of ten treatment sessions of one hour duration, usually conducted over about two weeks. These progressively become more difficult but are designed so that with concentration and effort, final scores can increase with each session. Operating in the ‘difficult but achievable’ band, assisted by the trained clinicians, and providing a scoring system, motivates children to gain more from the Cellfield treatment.

PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR MEDICAL AID, A FULLY COMPREHENSIVE COVER COULD REFUND THE FULL AMOUNT FOR THE CELLFIELD TREATMENT.

See more information on the Cellfield website.

Contact us for more information or to discuss your child’s needs.

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