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Center for READing Personnel


David P. Hurford, Ph.D.
(620) 235-4534

Professional Associates

Dr. Chris Christman
(620) 235-4068

Dr. Sean Lauderdale
(620) 235-4526

Dr. Rick Lindskog
(620) 235-4532

Dr. Jan Smith
(620) 235-4537

Graduate Assistants

Shanise Butts, B.S.
(620) 235-4593

Jordan Boux, B.S.
(620) 235-4593

Paraprofessional Tutors

Courtney Swigart
(620) 235-4593

Brogan Hoover
(620) 235-4593


Before an appropriate intervention can be determined, a thorough assessment of the individual’s abilities is needed. The Center for READing provides a full assessment that includes gaining information regarding developmental and medical history, the assessment of reading skills (phonological processing, letter and word recognition, spelling and comprehension), attention (ADHD; continuous performance task, parent surveys), auditory processing and other areas that assessment emotional and psychological processing (as it relates to academic performance (Behavior Assessment System for Children-II).

Regardless of the reason for the referral, all individuals are assessed on reading and attention. We have found that some children whose parents or teachers believe that they have reading difficulties actually have attentional deficiencies and some individuals whose parents or teachers believe that they have attentional problems actually have reading difficulties. A full evaluation helps us to determine the specific reason for the difficulty.

There are also some cases in which the student is experiencing difficulty at school, even though we find that he or she has good reading skills and subskills and does not have attentional difficulties. In these cases, we do further assessment to determine the nature of the student's difficulty at school. Examples of these types of issues include depression, anxiety, and other situational, psychological, or emotional causes.

Parents receive a copy of the evaluation so that they can make informed decisions regarding their child. Parents are encouraged to take the Summary of Assessment results to their physician if they believe that a diagnosis of ADHD is likely and if a medical intervention is desired. The information contained within the Summary of Assessment form is valuable to the physician who is making the diagnosis. If the parents desire, a copy can be sent to their child's school after a release waiver has been signed by the parent(s).


The Center for READing offers tutoring services for those individuals who have been determined qualify for help with their reading.

When it has been determined that the individual qualifies for tutoring, it is generally recommended that tutoring take place two to three times per week for at least 30 minutes. Tutoring services are offered at the Center for READing office.

ADHD Medication Monitoring

The Center for READing also offers assessment to determine the appropriate dosage levels (titration) for children who are using medications to control their attentional difficulties.

Assessment and Tutoring Costs

The cost of assessments and tutoring is based on family income. Please examine the table below to determine costs for your family.

Family Yearly Income

Assessment Fee

Tutoring Fee
(per half hour)

More than $100,000



$75,000 to $99,999



$50,000 to $74,999



$40,000 to $49,999



$30,000 to $39,999



Under $30,000



Center for READing

See Our Research

The research that is generated by the Center for READing is concerned with three areas:

  • Etiology
  • Identification
  • Remediation

This section provides information regarding the technical information associated with the identification techniques and the training paradigm used by the Center for READing.