Tina Cowley Reading Centre Hillcrest

Readers are Achievers!

Tina Cowley Reading Centre Hillcrest uses a proven and tested Assisted Reading Methodology to develop learners’ potential by improving their reading skills, resulting in improved scholastic performance.

Reading is the instrument which enables all of us to learn in any subject.

The need for literacy in the digital age is important as the ability to read and write at an acceptable level has never been more important than now.

All communication and learning require the ability to read, use words and the ability to express yourself. Good use and understanding of words are essential when studying, writing a Facebook post, text message or daily blog.

It has been widely documented that there is a link between the ability to read and write, school performance and self-esteem as well as adult life, as poor literacy skills are associated with lower education, employment and social outcomes.

A reading problem is a learning problem

It has been widely documented that there is a link between the ability to read and write, school performance and self-esteem as well as adult life, as poor literacy skills are associated with lower education, employment and social outcomes.

At our reading centres we can boast of learners that have achieved an average percentage increase of 8% to 40% after the completion of the therapy programme.

Benefits of the reading therapy programme

Your child would benefit because

  • The love for reading will improve
  • Reduced anxiety as they will understand what they are reading in the different learning areas
  • The root of the reading difficulty will be identified and reading will improve
  • Incomplete classwork is often due to reading difficulties and reading speed
  • A good reader will become a brilliant reader, speller
  • We have proven results due to it being a sound scientific-based programme.

 

The study skills course will teach your child

  • How to summarize correctly according to their thinking preferences
  • Learn how to study effectively and get results
  • Will be less anxious due to the variety of skills taught at the course
  • This course will assist them with all assessments as well as exams

 

At our reading centres we can boast of learners that have achieved an average percentage increase of 8% to 40% after the completion of the therapy programme.

Identifying reading problems in 12 steps

 

A struggling reader is a child who —

 

  1. Experiences stress and anxiety when having to complete tasks
  2. Still relies on sounding/spelling words before being able to read it
  3. Has a slow, strenuous reading speed and pauses often
  4. Cannot remember what he/she has read
  5. Cannot spell
  6. Does not enjoy reading
  7. Has untidy handwriting
  8. Has problems distinguishing foreground from background
  9. Has problems with laterality
  10. Has excellent mathematical skills
  11. Switches words around in the spoken language
  12. Struggles academically

If you have answered yes to most of these points, your child might be suffering from a reading problem. To assess your child’s level of reading difficulty, please contact us for an appointment.

Tina Cowley Reading Centre Hillcrest

Where the grass is always greener

Reading Therapy Programme Summary

  • Our program is offered in English and Afrikaans
  • Our program includes computer based classes
  • At the first appointment, we test a student’s reading ability to determine the appropriate level on which to commence our reading therapy to address your child’s specific problem
  • Test results are discussed with parents/caregivers, followed by a written report
  • In the reading therapy class, basic reading skills such as eye span, spatial relations, laterality, form and auditory perception are practised, to improve reading ability
  • In the memory methods class, brain memory improvement exercises, reading skills, eye kinetics and spelling rules are combined to enhance reading, learning and spelling
  • Study methods and Speed Reading courses are also offered at regular intervals
  • Age groups range from 5 years to adult

 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

Nelson Mandela

First Democratic President of SA 1994-1999