The Reading Lab
A Division of Walston Speech Language & Reading Clinic, Inc.
     Cognitive Skill Training
More about Reading and Cognitive Skill Training using Scientific Learning's

Reading requires an extraordinarily high level of cognitive functioning. Some children and adults have
difficulty learning
to read effectively because one or more of the underlying cognitive skills may be weak.

At THE READING LAB, we understand how people learn new things and acquire new skills. It's
about brain plasticity, the brain's ability to reorganize itself in response to new experiences.  Our
expertise is based on more than 30 years of scientific research into how the brain learns.
We know that learning is strongest when certain conditions are met:

  • Critical tasks are practiced at an appropriate frequency and intensity.
  • Practice takes place at the right skill level for the individual student—a skill level that
    continuously adapts to keep
    the student challenged, but not frustrated.
  • Multiple skills are “cross-trained” at the same time for lasting improvement.
  • Rewards build as a student progresses, maximizing motivation.
  • The learning environment feels “safe,” so students are encouraged to take risks.
  • The content is age appropriate and engaging.

The research scientists who developed our programs are experts in the fields of education and
neuroscience; brain plasticity; auditory, developmental language, and reading impairments; psychology;
behavioral algorithms; and multimedia technology.
We combine their scientific expertise with innovative and effective technologies to provide three levels
of training programs that exercise students’ brains and accelerate learning.

And we’re passionate about it.

The Cognitive Skill Training Program
Accelerates Reading & Learning

What is Cognitive Skill Training?

Cognitive Skill Training is a brain changing, cognitive learning program for children and young adults
who are faced with learning challenges and difficulties, such as dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, auditory
processing disorders, and English Language acquisition. The Reading Lab is an authorized provider for
Scientific Learning's programs.

The programs are radically different, award-winning online reading interventions that build and
strengthen the foundational skills essential to learning success: phonemic awareness, language usage,
working memory, focused attention, processing accuracy and speed, and sequencing.

They have helped over 2 million students in over 42 countries achieve academic and social gains that
are documented in over 240 research studies!

Cognitive Skill Training consists of cognitive software that targets the primary causes of most reading
and learning challenges and can be implemented either in our clinic or the comfort or your own home
with professional support and guidance. It uses sophisticated algorithms that adapt to every click of the
computer mouse or touch of the iPad screen, adding speed and complexity - keeping the training at each
student's own pace.

The individualized structure produces an engaging experience and the intensity creates new neural
connections which truly changes how a student reads and learns.

Cognitive Skill Training does what no other intervention can do. It begins with essential cognitive
skills, such as memory, attention, and processing speed, and works from the bottom up, using the
principles of neuroplasticity. This program is designed to remediate the underlying difficulties that keep
struggling readers and English Language learners from making progress.

There's no greater fulfillment for parents than knowing we've helped our children reach their
academic potential and in watching their self-esteem go from struggling or failure to happy,
confident, successful learners. We watch this miracle happen at The Reading Lab almost every
day. Below is just one example....
Who We Are & How We're Different Levels of Training Offered Is My Child a Candidate? Getting Started Is Easy

    " I was recommended to The Reading Lab by my pediatrician and
    reading, writing and math in 4th grade.  After researching
    several options of traditional tutoring and the science behind The
    Reading Lab's methodology, I determined that The Reading Lab
    was the best fit for my son.  My initial meeting was in her lab
    and she very transparent with the process and program she used.

    My son has worked with Mrs. Macaluso for a year now.  He is
    no longer struggling with reading, writing and math.  In 4th
    grade he struggled with the STARR test. This year he did well.
    The smile on his face after hearing those results was priceless.
    He knows that it was attributed to the work he put in at The
    Reading Lab this past year. Watching my son go from a
    struggling student to a confident, successful one has been such a

    The program also worked well for our family...
about this parent's story...