The Luma Center Introduces Nemours Bright Start!, an Innovative Program For Children Who Show Early Signs of Dyslexia

(PRWEB) September 22, 2011

The Luma Center for Development and Learning ( today announced that this fall it will begin offering Nemours BrightStart!, an innovative pre-reading program for young children who show early signs of dyslexia or may be at risk for reading challenges.

Nemours BrightStart, developed by Nemours Childrens Health System, is a specialized program for literacy success in at-risk children. Through systematic instruction and carefully designed, engaging, multisensory activities, 4- and 5-year-old children learn the foundational skills that will support them in learning to read. A study of at-risk children in Florida conducted by Nemours showed that children who participated in the program showed dramatic increases in reading readiness test scores compared to children who did not.

We are very excited to be able to offer a great research based program for our young children at risk for reading challenges, said Nancy Allard, MA, OTR/L, Director of The Luma Center. We work with many families who have one or more children with learning differences. For their children, this program will be such a great jump start to help build the foundation for success in learning to read.

The Luma Center will offer screenings for BrightStart! October 4 and 6 to identify children who could benefit from the program. Lumas BrightStart! program will consist of 20 weeks of twice-weekly small-group sessions taught by an experienced early childhood teacher. The BrightStart! curriculum integrates classic childrens literature and music with fun, multisensory lesson materials. While creating and tracing gluey, gooey Gs to learn to recognize letter forms, listening to read-alouds, or engaging in creative movement activities, children learn critical concepts of oral language, print awareness, letter knowledge, phonological awareness and emergent writing.

More information about the BrightStart! screening and enrollment process is available at

BrightStart! is just one of the innovative, specialized early learning programs offered to children and families by The Luma Center. All programs are taught by highly trained professionals with expertise in child development, including:

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