reading help for children
Confidence Builders
Inspire confidence and a joy of learning
through feelings of success.
Teen Literacy Support
Teen Literacy
Transitioning to high school can be tough
we are here to help.
Preschool Literacy Screening
Preschool Literacy
Peace of mind in knowing your child
will enter school with confidence.
Literacy Check-Up
Literacy Check-Up
Promoting literacy is a key factor
in practicing preventative medicine.
Early Literacy Development
Early Literacy
Potential reading issues can be
identified as early as age 3 or 4.
Implications of Poor Reading Skills
Implications of
Poor Reading Skills
What our children are saying.

Welcome to The Literacy Centre

Addressing Literacy Needs of Children & Youth


Literacy TutoringAt The Literacy Centre, we provide reading assessment and treatment services to children between the ages of 3 to 17 under the supervised practice of Dr Stephen Barker. Research has proven that potential reading difficulties need to be identified and addressed early, and the proper assessment of your child's strengths and challenges, paired with specialized therapy plans, help develop proficient, confident learners. Our qualified staff of registered psychologists and certified teachers in the province of Ontario can identify your child’s unique learning profile and develop a treatment plan to further develop his or her existing skills. Our centre is conveniently located in the Beamsville core, providing services to Niagara in the areas of Grimsby, Beamsville, Smithville, Vineland, and Stoney Creek.


Our Philosophy

Here at the Centre, we believe that every child is an able learner.  We strive to foster a child's innate ability to learn through early literacy assessment and enhancement of acquired skills.  The centre believes that critical thinking skills play an important role in learning and thus embed intellectually engaged thinking into our program planning.  We aim to teach our learners "how to learn", through mindfully forming concepts, analyzing information, drawing conclusions (inferencing), and explaining ideas.  As teacher and student share readings, we stimulate reflective and open-minded thinking which leads to eventual self-directed thinking, setting the stage for success in all areas of your child's life.  Early literacy assessment is the first step toward a positive experience in the journey of learning.

"Literacy is not a luxury, it is a right and a responsibility. If our world is to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century we must harness the energy and creativity of all our citizens."

President Clinton on International Literacy Day
September 8th 1994

Ready to Get Started on Your Child's Future?

Get in touch with The Literacy Centre today.
Psycho-educational Services
Psycho-educational Services


Psycho-educational assessment aids in the identification and/or treatment of potential learning challenges in young children and youth.

Treatment Services
Treatment Services

Small group remedial or enrichment sessions customized to meet the specific needs of your child’s learning profile.

Pre-Literacy Skills Development Services
Pre-Literacy Skills Development Services

Individual or small group (1:3 ratio) sessions teaching pre-literacy skills of: alphabet knowledge, sound/letter correspondence, sound and word segmentation, and vocabulary building exercises.

Consultation Services
Consultation Services


Client-based school or daycare consultation discussing classroom accommodations, curriculum modifications, and/or interventions.

The Literacy CentreVisit our full company profile

The Literacy Centre prides itself on personal service and customer satisfaction. Ensuring the welfare of your child's learning and development has always, and will continue to be, the reason that I remain so passionate about my work. Candice Rymal-Wood
Certified Teacher
Candice Rymal-Wood

Candice is a Certified Teacher in the province of Ontario and has specialized her studies in Early Childhood Education and Literacy. She is a Reading Specialist and has worked in a variety of clinical and educational settings over the past 20 years.

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