Center for READing offers camp to help young readers 

Children who are struggling to learn to read or who want to get a jump start learning to read can do so this summer at Secret Codes Camp. The deadline to register and receive materials on time is May 23. 

Offered by The Center for Research, Evaluation, and Awareness of Dyslexia (The Center for READing) at Pittsburg State University, the camp consists of 50-minute daily sessions Monday through Thursday, for eight weeks in June and July, totaling 32 sessions. Students may elect to attend camp in-person or online. 

New to Secret Codes Camp this year is the inclusion of a pre- and post-assessment of students’ reading skills. 

“This will help us determine students’ reading levels as they enter our program and document their progress at the end of camp,” said Director of Operations Alex Fender.  

Despite this new feature, the cost of Secret Codes Camp has not increased from last year at $450 per student. 

About The Center for READing 

The Center for READing is a resource for understanding reading disabilities such as dyslexia and attentional disabilities such as ADHD.  

The organization provides science-based evaluations for individuals with reading and attentional difficulties, offers science-based intervention services to help them become competent readers, trains educators and school staff in the science of reading, engages in and publishes scientific research, and assists in advocacy efforts related to dyslexia and other reading disabilities. 

In the United States, only about one third of students can read grade level material competently. In Kansas, 63 percent of fourth graders are below the proficient level in reading.  

Dyslexia, a language-based specific learning disability, is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition, poor spelling, and poor decoding abilities. As the most prevalent specific learning disability in the nation, approximately 20 percent of the general population has dyslexia. Individuals with dyslexia and other reading difficulties are more likely to drop out of high school and experience a negative self-image.  

Specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia are often associated with lower academic achievement, lower income, higher rates of suicidality, and higher rates of unemployment. 

Learn more 

Visit or contact the Center for READing at or 620- 235-4593. The center is located in 209 Whitesitt Hall, Pittsburg State University, 1701 South Broadway, in Pittsburg, Kansas.  

Connect on social media: @Center4READing. 

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