Supporting individuals with challenges in
reading, writing and language development.

We Would love to speak with you!
If you have any questions, call or email us today!
send us a message

of Calgary

The Diagnostic Reading Centre of Calgary (DRCC) provides specialized, diagnostic language and literacy assessment, intervention, and consultation services for children, adolescents, and adults who experience significant and persistent challenges in reading, writing, and/or language development.
about us

what we do

The DRCC supports individuals ranging in age from preschool children to adults who have either been diagnosed or are suspected of having a specific learning disorder (with impairment in reading  (e.g., dyslexia) and/or written expression). The DRCC professional services may be contracted by individual clients, as well as school districts and other educational organizations.

Literacy assessment

We identify which areas of reading, writing, and language development are problematic for each learner.
Learn More >

literacy intervention

We establish personal goals and customize a remediation plan of weekly one-on-one tutoring sessions to address each learner’s specific literacy challenges.
Learn More >

consultation & presentations

We provide private consultation and presentations on a range of topics related to language and literacy development and the challenges that learners encounter.
Learn More >

Strong literacy skills provide the keys for opening doors to new opportunities.

Proficient reading, writing, and language skills are essential for future academic success and achievement.

The specialized educational services at the Diagnostic Reading Centre of Calgary help learners to achieve their greatest potential in literacy growth and development.

If you or someone you know has a history of reading, writing, and/or language difficulties, the DRCC can help.
Explore What We Offer

our values

The Diagnostic Reading Centre of Calgary (DRCC) is a highly specialized private reading clinic.

The director and primary reading clinician at the DRCC is a language and literacy education specialist with more than 30 years of teaching experience and research in current language and literacy education, assessment, and instruction.

The main advantages of the specialized educational services at the DRCC are the precision and quality of the language and literacy assessment and interventions offered at the clinic.
Individualized attention and service
Personal literacy growth and development
Start Now


  • We have been working with Dr. Vavra for a year now. The entire experience has been worthwhile and very meaningful to our family. Our son needed help with his literacy skills. We were concerned about his transition from Elementary school to Junior High as well. His time spent working with Dr. Vavra has made a significant difference in his proficiency in reading, writing, and spelling over the year...
    - Ginger (mother of grade 7 learner)
  • Coming to work with Dr. Karen is one of the best parts of my week! She makes reading and writing so much fun that my hour with her simply flies by. The strategies and tricks she teaches me are all super helpful with my reading, writing and spelling, but the best part is they all make sense in my mind for why I use them. Dr. Karen is always kind, patient and helpful, and we often share a good giggle together as we work. If any of my friends or classmates needed extra help, I would definitely tell them to go see Dr. Karen. I feel lucky that I get to work with her!
    - Sophie (grade 4 learner)
  • It is like magic how Dr. Vavra blends her vast knowledge and expertise to create meaningful, thoughtful, engaging and fun lessons to teach and help build my daughter's literacy skills all while providing her with strategies and activities that are practical, make sense and most of all really do work! However, this may not be the greatest gift of working with Dr.Vavra. She is caring and compassionate and... 
    - Jennifer (mother of grade 4 learner)
  • Tai’s words when asked if she was glad she went through the process with Karen: “I am glad because, I feel like I am at the top of the class now, and I found out I really like reading”.
    - Tai (grade 6 learner)
discover more stories

let us help

Find answers to common questions about language and literacy difficulties and the services offered at the DRCC.
learn more

sharing information & news

Oral Language Development

Oral language involves key foundational skills and processes which are fundamental to later reading and writing development.

Code-related Early Literacy Skills

Code-related early literacy skills are also foundational to later reading and writing development.

Reading Development

There are two basic aspects of skilled reading: the ability to read printed words and the ability to construct meaning and understanding from connected text.

go to blog

we can help

Westhills Corporate Centre
Executive Suite 106
7370 Sierra Morena Blvd. S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T3H 4H9
office hours
By appointment only.
The Diagnostic Reading Centre of Calgary (DRCC) provides specialized, diagnostic language and literacy assessment, intervention, and consultation services for children, adolescents, and adults who experience significant and persistent challenges in language, reading, and/or writing development.
© 2019 - Diagnostic Reading Centre of Calgary | All Rights Reserved | Web Design by  iNet Media Ltd