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parents — Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in the Reading Assist Intervention Program.

Reading Assist Institute is dedicated to children with significant reading challenges, teaching them the foundational skills of reading and empowering them to succeed academically. We envision a future where every student who struggles with serious reading challenges can gain access to high-quality, multisensory language instruction, delivered by trained, certified professionals.

Here are some helpful answers to questions you may have about our reading intervention services.

Is the Reading Assist Intervention Program right for my child?

Through the years, Reading Assist has helped thousands of struggling readers and has established a regional and national reputation as a leader in literacy support to students, teachers and parents. No one program works for everyone, but for students who struggle with the basic mechanics of reading, spelling and writing, Reading Assist can help. 

How are Reading Assist interventionists trained?

The accredited Reading Assist Intervention Program is grounded in more than 25 years of experience working with struggling readers, and informed by the latest advances in cognitive neuroscience and reading research. Our Certified Reading Assist Interventionists (CRAIs) have been trained in our intervention program, have extensive experience working with struggling readers, and must meet minimum continuing education standards in order to remain certified. Background checks are completed on all interventionists registered with Reading Assist. 

Does my child need to be tested before starting sessions?

No. A Reading Skills Evaluation is optional, but may help determine whether the Reading Assist Intervention Program is an instructional match for your child’s learning needs. Our Director of Tutoring Services administers and scores the evaluation, and provides a written report that details the level of your child’s foundational reading skills and whether or not our program will be helpful to your child. The testing session is 1-1/2 hours long and takes place in the Reading Assist office located at 100 West 10th Street, Suite 910, Wilmington, DE 19801. If your child was recently tested or recommended by his/her physician, this evaluation may not be necessary. 

How many sessions should my child attend? How long are they?

Our experience and our data have shown us that struggling readers need intensive, frequent, consistent intervention in order to make progress. That means meeting with a CRAI two or three times a week. Struggling readers do not have the luxury of time. A child who is behind in reading will have to learn at an accelerated pace in order to catch up and close the gap with their grade-level reading peers. And because there is no “usual” timeline for how quickly a student will progress, the pace of each program is adjusted to fit the child’s individual needs. Reading Assist strongly recommends three reading intervention sessions per week, with a minimum of 45 minutes per session needed to be most effective. 

Where do the reading intervention sessions take place? When are they scheduled?

The location is determined by you and your child’s CRAI before the first lesson. They may be at your home, the CRAI’s home, or another location that is mutually convenient to all. You and your child’s CRAI are working together in partnership to make sure your child has the best support possible. One way to help your child achieve success in reading is through consistent attendance at intervention sessions.

How is my child’s progress monitored?

Our CRAIs administer a program assessment at the student’s first session. The assessment evaluates the student’s phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and decoding skills … all of which helps detect where intervention is needed. CRAIs regularly monitor student progress using a widely respected and reliable assessment tool called DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills), in addition to other program assessments. With ongoing assessments, instruction is adjusted to meet your child’s individual needs. 

What does this cost?

The Reading Skills Evaluation testing and written report is $250. The test is optional and there is no further obligation if you request this service.

Should you decide to begin intervention sessions for your child, a one-time registration fee of $35 is charged for each student. If a student discontinues services for a period of more than 6 months and then wants to re-enroll, you will be charged the $35 registration fee again. The registration fee will be included in first month’s billing statement.

The fee for each individual session is $50. (Sessions run for a minimum of 45 minutes but may be extended to one hour.) Partial sessions (less than 45 mins) are still billed at the $50 per session rate. If the sessions are provided in a location other than the CRAI's home, a travel time fee of $1.00 per mile may be charged in addition to the session fee. You will be charged at the end of each calendar month for the number of sessions your child attended. An email receipt will be sent to you each month you are charged.  

Because each lesson is customized to the child’s learning needs, there is no second child discount. 

I have more questions. Who do I call?

Choosing a reading intervention program that meets your child’s specific learning needs can be confusing. Please feel free to contact Debbie DeGrosky, director of intervention services, at 302-425-4080 ext. 108 or debbie@readingassist.org for additional information.

How do I enroll my child in the program?

Enrollment for reading intervention can begin at any time during the calendar year and can be cancelled at any time. There are no time contracts or minimum sessions. Contact Deb DeGrosky, director of intervention services, at 302-425-4080 Ext. 108 or debbie@readingassist.org to enroll your child.