Dyslexia Program

At Hindman Settlement School, we’re proud to provide dyslexia information, training, and support to the parents, tutors, and teachers of children who learn differently.

Since 1980, our school has been offering tutoring programs for children with dyslexia. These tutoring programs include an After-School Tutoring Program, a Summer Tutoring Program, and the Reading Lab Partnership – a collaborative effort with Knott County Public Schools that was launched in 2009. To become eligible for a program, all potential students must be evaluated to determine their specific needs. To schedule an evaluation or ask a question, please reach out to us at 606-785-5475. We’d love to help your child get started on his or her journey to success.

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Reading Labs

The Reading Lab Partnership is a cooperative effort between Hindman Settlement School and Knott County Schools to identify children with learning differences and/or dyslexia.

We provide these students with a specialized reading curriculum designed to help them overcome those differences and learn to read well.

In the fall of 2009, the Partnership launched a reading program in three Knott County elementary schools – Beaver Creek, Carr Creek, and Hindman Elementary. In 2017, the Partnership was expanded to Emmalena Elementary. Hindman Settlement School teachers, along with staff from each school, have established reading labs in these three schools to provide specialized assistance targeted to students in grades K-3. Teachers and specially trained instructional assistants work both one-on-one and with groups of students to help them master letter identification, word identification, word attack, phonemic awareness, and passage comprehension skills. This instruction is designed to pair well with the students’ regular classroom instruction.

Non-Discriminatory Policy Hindman Settlement School admits people of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Summer School

At Hindman Settlement School, the goal of the Summer Tutoring Program, fondly known as “summer school,” is to equip students with the academic skills they need to succeed in public schools.

The Summer Tutoring Program serves approximately 40-50 students each summer, and starting in mid-June, it operates five days a week, seven hours a day for five weeks. If students are unable to commute to Hindman Settlement School, we’re happy to provide boarding on our scenic and historic campus.

Summer Tutoring Curriculum

The curriculum includes an intensive program of two periods of individualized reading instruction, two periods of math instruction (groups of up to three students), one period of writing instruction (groups of up to seven students), one period of instruction in keyboarding and word processing (interdisciplinary units of study are used), a half-hour of social values instruction, and a half-hour of reading comprehension instruction. Spelling, handwriting, grammar, and direct vocabulary instruction are all incorporated into the writing instruction. On average, students make a gain of an entire year in reading and math during the five weeks.

Starting a Program in Your County

If your county does not currently have an After-School Tutoring Program available, but you are interested in starting one, we’d love to help. It typically requires at least eight students and their parents to get a program going. Once you’ve gotten a group established, we will schedule training and assist you with logistics, and arrange for you to observe in a county that already has a program. Keep in mind that the most successful programs depend heavily on committed volunteers and a volunteer coordinator.

Resources For Parents

Welcome, parents! Here you’ll find all the resources you need to learn more about your child’s learning style, the programs we offer, and the way we commit to helping our students. If you’re looking for something you don’t see here, simply give us a call. We’re always happy to help.

Learn More about testing

Certified Dyslexia Testing Specialists in Kentucky: 

Bowling Green:
Bonnie Nicks,
The Learning Center 

Gina Waldrop,
859-936-1373 or

Brenda Embry,
Tidewater Educational Services, Inc.,

Rebecca Vinson,

Stacey Berry and Kimberly Hudson, 
Associated Therapeutics,

Sheila Blandford,
Dr. Lee Epstein,

Schools in Kentucky that can screen for dyslexia:

The dePaul School, Louisville, 502-459-6131 

Hindman Settlement School Dyslexia Program, Hindman, 606-785-4044

Shedd Academy, Mayfield, 270-247-8007

After-School Tutoring:

Dyslexia Association of the Pennyrile, Hopkinsville, 270-269-0932

Hindman Settlement School Dyslexia Program, Hindman, 606-785-4044

Recommended Reading About Dyslexia

Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level by Sally Shaywitz, M.D.

Essentials of Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention by Nancy Mather and Barbara J. Wendling

How to Reach and Teach Children and Teens with Dyslexia: A Parent and Teacher Guide to Helping Students of All Ages Academically, Socially and Emotionally by Cynthia M. Stowe, M.Ed.


Training For Educators

Learning is a lifelong initiative. At Hindman Settlement School, we offer customized staff development training designed to meet your school system’s needs. The programs we offer include:

  • A Dyslexia Overview
    Educators and Dyslexia–What You Should Know
    Reading Building Blocks for Dyslexic Students
  • How to Help Dyslexic Students Succeed in Your Classroom
  • Dyslexia and the Young Reader
  • Classroom Management for Dyslexic Students
  • Implementing Broad Service Approaches for Your School–The Hindman Settlement School Model

Certain workshops require broader blocks of time than others. It’s important to keep in mind that brief workshops provide excellent overviews and introductions into a program, but they are usually insufficient for creating an implementation plan. If your goal is to develop a school-wide plan, we recommend one of our longer workshops.

Fees and Sign Up for Training for Educators

$ 200
1/2 Day
$ 350
Full Day
$ 600
2 Days

Our dyslexia education staff is happy to work with you to determine the best fit for your needs.