CASCLS Projects

The Dyslexia Project
The Dyslexia Project is an ongoing investigation by Dr. Lisa Borden-King, CASCLS’ Field Director. Fifteen years of intensive work with elementary students in the Minot State University Reading Clinic have shown a distinct pattern emerging—of a subgroup of students who do not respond well to any of the reading interventions commonly used by schools. Prior studies have indicated a subgroup of dyslexics who can be identified using non-invasive tests and discriminant analysis. These individuals manifest specific visual and motor characteristics, which are in some respects quite unusual. The proprietary Strategic Feedback Instruction© (SFI) intervention subsequently developed has shown remarkable success with a small group of identified students, and shows promise for dissociating subgroups which may be paired with more targeted interventions.

Eye Tracking Research
The CASCLS eye tracking research is headed by Dr. Deb Jensen, CASCLS Director, and utilizes Tobii X120 Eye Tracking equipment. Two grant studies have extended work in the Dyslexia Project to investigate specific participant eye movement characteristics while reading or viewing selected visual perception stimuli. Dr. Jensen and Dr. Borden-King serve as co-investigators on two grants sponsored through MSU’s Research and Sponsored Programs. The first grant is designed to investigate the eye tracking patterns in grade 2-8 readers. The second grant is an expansion of this research to study the same phenomenon in older adolescents and young adults, to see if these characteristics persist. Undergraduate and graduate students with specific expertise are trained and engaged as test administrators.

Reading Clinic
The Minot State University Reading Clinic exists to serve the community by providing intervention services to struggling readers in the region. In addition, Reading Clinic provides clinical opportunities for teacher candidates who are pursuing the Title I endorsement in reading as well as clinical opportunities for other early childhood and elementary education majors. The clinic offers a one-on-one experience for three hours a week for 7 weeks and is offered in the spring and summer semesters. Reading Clinic is based on a diagnostic teaching model; therefore, instruction is specific to the needs of the student based on an assessment of their reading strategies and skills. For more information, contact Dr. Lisa Borden-King.

Early Literacy Camp
The Minot State University Early Literacy Camp exists to serve the community by providing intervention services to struggling readers in Kindergarten and 1st grade in the region. In addition, Early Literacy Camp provides clinical opportunities for teacher candidates in early childhood and elementary education. The clinic offers whole group and small group learning activities for four hours a week for 7 weeks and is offered only in summer semesters. Our program is based on a diagnostic teaching model; therefore, instruction is specific to the needs of the student based on an assessment of their reading strategies and skills. For more information, contact Dr. Lisa Borden-King.