Reading Clinic

Child at reading clinic

Our Reading Clinic provides intensive, individualized, one-to-one tutoring using assessment and instructional methods proven by research to promote reading; serving primarily children through middle school.

We use state-of-the-art practices in teaching reading to students with reading difficulties or other students with disabilities who are delayed readers.

Note: The VKC Reading Clinic is accepting applications for enrollment. To begin the application process or if you have any questions, please call 615-936-5118, or email

An Innovative Approach

The emphasis of this clinic is on treatment. We provide ongoing assessments on each student's progress on a weekly basis. This keeps everyone on track; tutor, student, and parents stay informed 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).
  • All students are evaluated to determine specific reading needs.
  • Ambitious but realistic goals are determined for the tutoring period.
  • Licensed, experienced teachers and supervised, advanced undergraduate and graduate students provide the tutoring.

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

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