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The Center for Reading

A national model tackling reading difficulties.

Empowering Competent Readers

We provide evaluation, science-based intervention, and advocacy services for dyslexia and reading challenges. Our goal is to empower competent readers of all ages as well as increase awareness among parents, teachers, and administrators.

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Assessment and Intervention Costs

Family Yearly Income Assessment Fee Intervention Fee
(per hour)
More than $250,000 $1,000 $60
$200,000-$249,999 $900 $55
$150,000-$199,999 $750 $50
$100,000-$149,999 $500 $35
$75,000-$99,999 $300 $30
$50,000-$74,999 $200 $20
$40,000-$49,999 $100 $15
Under $40,000 $50 $10


Intensive Week-Long Intervention

The intensive intervention requires advanced scheduling and a deposit. We assist with finding lodging at a reduced rate.

Family Yearly Income Intervention Assessment Fee Total Deposit
More than $250,000 $780 $600 $1380 $500
$200,000-$249,999 $720 $550 $1270 $400
$150,000-$199,999 $660 $500 $1160 $300
$100,000-$149,999 $600 $450 $1050 $200
$75,000-$99,999 $540 $300 $840 $100
$50,000-$74,999 $480 $150 $630 $100
$40,000-$49,999 $420 $100 $520 $100
$30,000-$39,999 $360 $75 $435 $75
Under $30,000 $300 $50 $350 $50
Weekly Reading Intervention

Tailored sessions, in-person or virtual, two to three times a week for 30 minutes. 

Week-Long Intensive Intervention
In-person, six hours daily for five days.
Summer Intervention
Secret Codes Camp includes small group sessions four days a week, in-person or online. 


What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning disorder affecting accurate reading and spelling. We use assessment protocols to identify difficulties beyond basic reading, offering targeted interventions.

While speaking is a natural act, reading is not. Phonological processing deficiencies can impede reading. Our assessments delve into these challenges, providing crucial insights.

What is ADHD?

ADHD, a neurobiological diagnosis, involves distractibility, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. We assess attentional difficulties in conjunction with reading difficulties to identify the correct target of intervention.

Approximately 30-50% of children with reading difficulties also have ADHD. Thorough assessment helps distinguish between reading and attentional difficulties. 

What is the assessment process like?

For effective intervention, a comprehensive assessment is crucial. The Center for READing conducts thorough evaluations, considering developmental and medical history. Our assessment covers:
  • Reading skills: phonological processing, word recognition, spelling, and comprehension
  • Attention: ADHD, continuous performance task, parent surveys
  • Hearing screening
  • Emotional/psychological aspects related to academic performance.

Regardless of the referral reason, all individuals undergo assessments for both reading and attention. We often discover cases where what seems like reading difficulties are attentional deficiencies, and vice versa. A full evaluation helps pinpoint the specific cause of difficulty.

In instances where a student struggles at school despite good reading skills and no attentional issues, further assessments delve into potential psychological or emotional causes like depression and anxiety. Parents receive an evaluation copy, empowering them to make informed decisions.

The student/examinee, teacher, and parents will receive surveys to determine the assessment procedure. 

Secret Codes! - Reading Curriculum for Kindergartners

Secret Codes! is a specialized kindergarten reading curriculum featuring Able Ant, designed to impart foundational reading skills.

5-20% of children face difficulties due to the complexity of the opaque English writing system. Secret Codes simplifies this system, aiming to prevent reading difficulties. Scientific evaluations show its effectiveness, with teachers reporting significant student advancements. The curriculum's 127 activities progress from basic codes to reading and writing paragraphs, emphasizing crucial decoding and blending skills.

Learn more about Secret Codes Camp

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Become an Interventionist

Interventionists play a crucial role at the Center for READing, and the quality of services provided relies entirely on their motivation, reliability, and professionalism. Pitt State psychology students are eligible to become paraprofessional tutors. Funding opportunities are available through programs like the Kansas Youth Educational Services (YES) and America Reads.

Interventionist Application

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Donate to READing Center

The fees associated with our services are significantly lower than those of comparable organizations in the state, thanks to your generosity. Your donation to the Pittsburg State University Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is fully tax-deductible. All contributions specifically allocated to the Center for READing will be utilized for science-based evaluations, individualized interventions, advocacy efforts, and sponsoring those in need.

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David P. Hurford, Ph.D.

David P. Hurford, Ph.D.

Executive Director
(620) 235-4534
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Michaela Ozier, M.S.

Michaela Ozier, M.S.

(620) 235-4578
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Thomas Hurford, Ed.S.

Thomas Hurford, Ed.S.

Director of Interventions and Professional Development
(620) 235-4581
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Alex Fender, Ed.S.

Alex Fender, Ed.S.

Director of Evaluation
(620) 235-4593
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