Reading ClinicThe Reading Clinic is located on-site in the School of Education and Social Sciences (Nicholson 4th Floor) and consists of two rooms for assessment and intervention and one observation room with video and audio capability. The Reading Clinic is the final clinical experience for students training to be reading specialists and/or completing a Master’s degree in Literacy at RMU. Children and adolescents from the local community are seen in the clinic and are given diagnostic assessments and interventions for reading problems. The Clinic also screens young children entering school and provides parents with an assessment of readiness skills.
Assistive Devices Center
The Assistive Devices Center is onsite in the School of Education and Social Sciences (Nicholson 4th Floor) and consists of a room which houses special equipment and software to promote the communication skills of children with special needs and training materials for students and teachers. The Assistive Devices Center is used throughout the special education training programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students use available iPads with communication software to design individualized communication programs for students. Other specialized communication equipment is also available for students to design communication programs for children on the Autism Spectrum or for children with a variety of conditions which interfere with communication such as cerebral palsy or hearing impairments. Outreach to teachers in partner school districts and in schools for children with special needs is available through the Center.grant from the Grable Foundation and is operated through the Ohio River Consortium. The purpose of the RMU Teacher Education MakeSHOP is to further the knowledge and skills of our education majors on the integration of Maker Education into the daily pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade curriculum. The RMU Teacher Education MakeSHOP houses materials in a fashion that will allow pre-service teachers practice Maker activities and to assemble materials to take out into their field or student teaching assignment. To learn more about the RMU Teacher Education MakeShop, Maker Education and what is happening in and around Pittsburgh please visit the following sites:
Remake Learning: http://remakelearning.org/
Education Computer Lab
Children’s and Young Adult Book Collection Located on the 3rd Floor of the Patrick Henry Center adjacent to the library stacks is the Children’s and Young Adult Book Collection. Over 5,000 books of fiction and non-fiction for pre-school, school-age, and teen readers are available to RMU students. Students use the books for lesson planning across all discipline areas. The room has space for student collaboration and review of materials. Books in the Collection support RMU Recommends, a new initiative launched by the Department of Education, which provides a listing of excellent books and reading applications for children and adolescents. Each year at our spring Education Conference the list is updated and expanded.