Camp offers children help to overcome reading challenges 

Aimed at children who need help overcoming reading challenges, The Center for READing at Pittsburg State University will offer Secret Codes Camp, a summer literacy program, in June and July.  

Secret Codes Camp consists of one 50-minute small group session per day Monday through Thursday for eight weeks, totaling 32 sessions, in 109 Whitesitt Hall. Students also may opt to attend online. Registration is open now and concludes May 22. 

The Secret Codes curriculum was developed at Pittsburg State to teach foundational reading skills and prevent reading failure. The camp is open to all children; there are no diagnoses or specific scores required. 

“We have an excellent team of people in our office who are dedicated to helping people learn how to read,” said Director of Operations Alex Fender. "This year, we hope to be able to serve more students thanks to our status as an approved provider in the Kansas Educational Enrichment Program (KEEP).” 

The cost of Secret Codes Camp 2023 is $450 per student. Qualifying families can use up to $1,000 per student in KEEP funds to enroll in Secret Codes Camp, obtain an evaluation, or access individual reading intervention for their children.  

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About The Center for READing: 

The Center for READing is a resource for understanding reading disabilities such as dyslexia and attentional disabilities such as ADHD. It offers comprehensive evaluations for individuals with reading and attentional difficulties and science-based intervention services to help them become competent readers. 

The Center for READing also trains educators and school staff in the science of reading, engages in and publishes scientific research, and assists in advocacy efforts related to dyslexia and other reading disabilities.  

Only about one-third of students in the United States can read grade level material competently. In Kansas, 69 percent of fourth graders are unable to read challenging grade-level material proficiently. Assessment results indicate that students’ reading skills and their confidence in their reading skills have declined since the pandemic.  

About dyslexia: 

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition, poor spelling, and poor decoding skills. Approximately 20 percent of the general population has dyslexia, making it the most common specific learning disability.  

Individuals with dyslexia and other reading difficulties are more likely to drop out of high school and experience a negative self-image. Specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia are often associated with lower academic achievement, lower income, higher rates of suicidality, and higher rates of unemployment.