"This program will be such a great ‘jump start’ to help build the foundation for success in learning to read,” said Nancy Allard, MA, OTR/L, Director, The Luma Center™.
(PRWEB) September 22, 2011
The Luma Center™ for Development and Learning (http://www.lumacenter.org) today announced that this fall it will begin offering Nemours BrightStart!, an innovative pre-reading program for young children who show early signs of dyslexia or may be at risk for reading challenges.
Nemours BrightStart, developed by Nemours Children’s Health System, is a specialized program for “literacy success” in at-risk children. Through systematic instruction and carefully designed, engaging, multisensory activities, 4- and 5-year-old children learn the foundational skills that will support them in learning to read. A study of at-risk children in Florida conducted by Nemours showed that children who participated in the program showed dramatic increases in reading readiness test scores compared to children who did not.
“We are very excited to be able to offer a great research based program for our young children at risk for reading challenges,” said Nancy Allard, MA, OTR/L, Director of The Luma Center™. “We work with many families who have one or more children with learning differences. For their children, this program will be such a great ‘jump start’ to help build the foundation for success in learning to read.”
The Luma Center will offer screenings for BrightStart! October 4 and 6 to identify children who could benefit from the program. Luma’s BrightStart! program will consist of 20 weeks of twice-weekly small-group sessions taught by an experienced early childhood teacher. The BrightStart! curriculum integrates classic children’s literature and music with fun, multisensory lesson materials. While creating and tracing “gluey, gooey” G’s to learn to recognize letter forms, listening to read-alouds, or engaging in creative movement activities, children learn critical concepts of oral language, print awareness, letter knowledge, phonological awareness and emergent writing.
More information about the BrightStart! screening and enrollment process is available at http://www.lumacenter.org.
BrightStart! is just one of the innovative, specialized early learning programs offered to children and families by The Luma Center™. All programs are taught by highly trained professionals with expertise in child development, including:
- Foundations, a M-F morning program for 4-6 year olds that includes early literacy and pre-handwriting skills and play/social skills.
- Speech and Language Explorers, a M-F morning program for 4-6 year olds that provides a specialized, language intensive experience to support speech articulation, language processing and expression.
- Super K’s, a M/W/F afternoon group for 5-6 year olds who attend morning pre-k/kindergarten and need extra support in the areas of language, motor, sensory and social skills.
- Playstars, a T/TH afternoon group for 3-4 year olds who need further development of language, play and social interaction skills.
The Luma Center also offers tutoring/academic support, therapeutic services and private consultation to parents, professionals and organizations. Contact Karen Pyne, Luma Center Administrative Assistant, at 610-296-6725 x183 or kapyne(at)vfes(dot)net for details, or visit the website at http://www.lumacenter.org.
The Luma Center is a division of Valley Forge Educational Services.
About the Luma Center™ for Development and Learning:
The Luma Center™ offers child development consultation and services to families and organizations to support children across home, school, and community environments. Our knowledgeable and skilled team comprises professionals from the fields of education, occupational, physical and speech therapies and psychology. The Center offers comprehensive occupational, physical, speech and language evaluations and individual therapies, sensory integration and praxis testing, developmental screenings, individualized student planning and learning support, parent coaching, and school year programs for 3-8 year-olds. The Center also offers therapeutic and social skills groups for preschoolers through teens under the guidance of experienced facilitators. The Luma Center™ is located in Malvern, PA and is a division of Valley Forge Educational Services. http://www.lumacenter.
About Valley Forge Educational Services:
Valley Forge Educational Services (VFES) offers a wide variety of educational services focused on guiding young children, adolescents and post high school (18-21) learners to independence. VFES provides educational programs and offers clinical services through its programs at The Vanguard School, Vanguard Transition Center, The Luma Center™ for Development and Learning and Summer Matters™. Dedicated to improving specialized education, VFES offers innovative research and advanced practices through its own programs and outreach programs for professional development and parent education. For more information on Valley Forge Educational Services, please visit http://www.vfes.net.