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Reading Clinic Services


Children referred to the Reading Clinic receive a thorough educational assessment that includes:

• Consultation with clinicians

• Reading, writing and academic testing

• Attitude and motivation surveys

• Cognitive assessments

• Case study with summaries and instructional recommendations

Complete assessment requires approximately 15 hours of student participation over several days.

Instruction in Reading and Writing

All instruction in reading and writing complies with Pennsylvania Department of Education standards.

Reading instruction is designed to:

• develop the joy of reading

• provide guided reading lessons

• help children use critical thinking skills

• incorporate activities involving the arts

• stimulate the imagination

• integrate computer-assisted instruction

Writing instruction is designed to improve:

• spelling and grammar

• sentence and paragraph writing

• note taking

• persuasive and informational writing (PSSA format)


For some children, an individualized instructional program will be developed that includes small group tutoring sessions with experienced teachers. The sessions are designed to build confidence while improving strengths and correcting weaknesses in language arts.

Parent Involvement

The Reading Clinic holds regularly scheduled workshops for parents who wish to learn how they can provide literacy support for their children.

Workshop leaders teach parents the importance of family support and how to be active participants in their child's literacy development and model behaviors at home that develop lifetime habits of literacy.

Parents will receive tutoring progress reports at the end of each semester.


Thank you for your interest in enrolling your child in the services offered by Duquesne University's Reading Clinic!  Find out our application process here.

Schedule and Fees


Sessions take place on Saturday mornings during the Fall and Spring semesters and on selected weekdays in the month of July.


Assessment and tutoring sessions take place in the Reading Clinic labs, located on the first floor of Canevin Hall on the Duquesne University campus.


Diagnostic Evaluation $175
Tutoring $125 per semester.
Fees are payable via cash or check when the student enters the program.


Learn what people are saying about the positive influence our Reading Clinic makes in children's lives!


"I was really struggling and frustrated with my child's grades. The Reading Clinic taught me how to help my child learn. The staff have been supportive and caring, and they have given me hope that my child will have a brighter future."

"Before my son enrolled in Reading Clinic a sentence was just words that didn't mean anything. Now sentences mean something! He was struggling in school and lackedself confidence. I believe his participation in the Reading Clinic changed his life. He is currently a senior and has been a honor student for several semesters. He will attend college this summer."

A Reading Specialist

"The Reading Clinic has skilled tutors and clinicians who assess students and guide instruction. Students emerge from the clinic with stronger skills, strategies for learning and most of all, confidence in their ability."

A Literacy Coach

"Testing is extensive and instruction is individualized to meet the needs of each student. I refer children to the Reading Clinic because it is the best way to help struggling children acquire the strategies they need to become fluent readers."