Reading Clinic

Child at reading clinic

Our Reading Clinic provides intensive, individualized, one-on-one tutoring using assessments and evidence-based instructional methods shown to promote reading; serving children in grades K-8.

We use research-based practices in teaching reading to students with reading difficulties or other students with disabilities who are delayed readers.

Tutor and Tutee Enrollment: The VKC Reading Clinic is accepting applications for both tutor and tutee enrollment. To begin the tutee application process or if you have any questions, please call
615-936-5118, or If you would like to apply for a tutor position, please complete an application at this LINK.

An Innovative Approach

The emphasis of this clinic is on helping children with reading difficulties make maximal gains in reading. We provide non-diagnostic entrance testing for placement purposes and progress monitoring to keep track of student progress so that the instructional program can be individually tailored to the student's needs.

How The Reading Clinic Works

  • Students are tutored for one 40-minute session, 2 times per week during the school year (Spring and/or Fall sessions). Please contact the Reading Clinic for information about our Summer programs.
  • All students are evaluated to determine specific reading needs.
  • Ambitious but realistic goals are determined for the tutoring period.
  • Tutoring is provided by qualified teachers from the community or undergraduate and graduate students supervised by faculty.

The Gift That Keeps Giving

Grants from our corporate donors have the ability to improve the lives of children in Middle Tennessee by providing scholarships. See how corporate donors are helping children learn to read.


  • Laurie Cutting, Ph.D., Faculty Director; Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Special Education; Professor of Psychology, Radiology, and Pediatrics; Director, Translational Neuroimaging Core
  • Brooke Soden, Ph.D., Associate Director; Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and Special Education
  • Alicia Cumberbatch, Administrative Assistant I , VKC Reading Clinic & Learning Assessment Clinic

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