It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve the families, educators, and clinicians in the greater Sacramento region through our research and clinical services supporting children and adolescents with reading challenges and/or developmental disabilities. We are very sorry to inform you that effective August 20, 2018, the RAD Center will be closed. We will not be enrolling any new families for services, but reading services will continue for our current families until August 17, 2018.
The Reading and Academic Development (RAD) Center was established in 2015 to better understand and support the academic and educational needs of school-age children with learning and developmental difficulties pertaining to reading.
The RAD Center team provides assessment and intervention services designed to help children who are experiencing difficulty with word decoding, reading fluency, and/or reading comprehension. These services are provided to the community on a sliding scale fee basis with the goal that they can be affordable for all.
The faculty, staff and students at the RAD Center also conduct and disseminate leading-edge, evidence-based research on an array of reading difficulties.
There are seven million exceptional children with special needs in our American school system, such as children with autism spectrum development. They have the right to appropriate and comparable educational opportunities. Truly meeting the needs of these children requires a commitment to integrating advances in educational science, neuroscience, and social policy.
Nicole Sparapani is an assistant professor in the School of Education and faculty member at the UC Davis MIND Institute. Her research interests center around the development and evaluation of effective educational practices for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Dr. Sparapani practiced as a certified speech-language pathologist on an interdisciplinary team serving preschool children with ASD for several years before pursuing her Ph.D. in Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University and postdoctoral training at Arizona State University.