UF Summer Reading Program
The UF Summer Reading Program, under the direction of Dr. Laurie Gauger, took off without a hitch in July helping students with dyslexia improve their reading skills, while staving off the “summer slide” that occurs as a result of the 10-week break from school. Skill levels often decrease during this time for all students, but more so for students with learning disabilities. However, for the students who attended this intensive program, not only were skill levels maintained but gains were made to increase reading and writing skills. Michelle Saade, Sabrina Eugene, and Jingchen Xu, graduate students from the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, worked with eight school-age students between the ages of 7 – 13 years in individual intervention sessions that met three times per week for 90 minutes each. Scholarship funds provided by the Scottish Rite Foundation were used to help families cover the cost of the program.