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Private consultation and presentations.Language and literacy education specialists.

The Diagnostic Reading Centre of Calgary (DRCC) provides consultation, presentations, and workshops for parents and other professionals on a range of topics related to language and literacy development.

how we can help you

The DRCC can be contracted for consultation, workshops, and presentations:


Parent groups
Teachers and teacher assistants
School administrators
Speech-language pathologists
Occupational therapists


Language and literacy development, assessment, and instruction;
Educational implications of complex learning profiles (i.e., Specific Learning Disorder with impairment in reading and/or written expression ~ DSM-V, 2013);
Practical suggestions/strategies for helping individuals with specific learning and print literacy challenges.
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what we do


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

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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.
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Find answers to common questions about language and literacy difficulties and the services offered at the DRCC.
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  • 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)
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Westhills Corporate Centre
Executive Suite 106
7370 Sierra Morena Blvd. S.W.
Calgary, Alberta T3H 4H9
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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.
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