Pages with Pete

Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center is starting a new literacy therapy program! Pages with Pete will be led by Leslie Delorenzi, a licensed Speech Language Pathologist and licensed Dyslexia Therapist. The group will consist of pre-reading activities such as listening, rhyming, and syllable awareness (skills will be tailored to the needs of the group). This fun group will feature active play in the clinic and arena with Pete, our mini horse.

Woman holding up the book "I Can Read with My Eyes Shut," by Dr. Seuss. She is kneeling next to a brown mini horse.

Your child is ready for this group if S/he:

…is developmentally at the age of 4 or 5 (but chronologically no older than 8 years old).

…is able to sit and attend for 10-15 minute periods of time.

…is able to follow directions and complete age-appropriate work, such as crafts, with some independence.

...is able to appropriately engage with similarly-aged peers.

You can expect your child to work on*: 

  1. Listening skills 
  2. Rhyme recognition 
  3. Hearing words in sentences
  4. Awareness of syllables

The exact curriculum will be tailored specifically to the needs of the group.

This group specifically focuses on the direct teaching of the skills of phonological awareness. These are a set of skills that are vital for a solid foundation in reading. Unless appropriate for the group, reading skills such as letter recognition (“This is the letter a”) and beginning decoding (sounding out words) will not be addressed in this group.


Time:

Group therapy will be held once per week for seven weeks.

Pick your choice of either:

  • Thursdays 2-3 p.m., April 19–May 31
  • Saturdays 9-10 a.m., April 21–June 2

 

FEES AND ASSESSMENTS:

Each week of session is $75, or $525 for seven weeks. Those who pay in advance will receive one week free of charge, totaling $450. Please note that there are no refunds for cancellations if pre-paid. 

Patients will need to complete a one-on-one screening prior to admittance into a group. The assessment fee is $75. You will be contacted after your intake form is processed to set up an assessment date. 

For specific questions regarding eligibility please contact the front desk at (425) 882-1554 or email LBtherapy@littlebit.org.