The STAR Center Reading Clinic uses a diagnostic prescriptive approach to serve elementary students (grades 2-6) with reading disabilities. Individualized and Small Group sessions will be offered. Instructors will be trained to use the Orton-Gillingham Methodologies.
The Orton-Gillingham approach is a multisensory technique for remedial reading instruction developed in the early-20th century. It is practiced as a direct, explicit, cognitive, cumulative, and multi-sensory approach. While it is most commonly associated with teaching individuals with dyslexia, it is highly effective for all individuals learning to read, spell, and write.
The reading clinic will start August 1st, 2023. Classes will be Monday through Thursday, 3:30 to 4:15pm OR 4:15 to 5:00 p.m. The price is $40 per session.
Meet The Team
Sheila Williamson, MS
Sheila is an educator who graduated with her M. Ed. From Union University in 1999. Prior to joining the STAR Center in 2010, she taught in the public schools. She also holds an additional accreditation as a Certified Employment Specialist (CESP) and is trained in the Orton-Gillingham Method of teaching reading. Sheila is passionate about seeing the confidence that comes when a child learns to read.
Amy Dietrich, Ed. D
Dr. Dietrich brings decades of experience as a Special Education Teacher, Educational Diagnostician, and University of Memphis Professor. She taught numerous courses related to literacy, coordinated the Master of Arts in Teaching program, and received the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Amy has a lifelong love for teaching, especially matching student strengths and learning styles with instruction.
Marya Bailey, MT-BC
Marya is a board-certified Music Therapist who has been trained in the Orton-Gillingham method. She will be bringing an array of multisensory activities to the clinic to help children improve their reading skills. Marya’s favorite part about being a music therapist is the privilege of connecting with others through music and helping them to reach their full potential!