The Dan L Duncan Children's Neurodevelopment Clinic provides comprehensive assessments of children, adolescents, and young adults who are thought to have developmental or behavioral problems, autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and learning disabilities such as dyslexia.
During the summer break, CLI Clinics provides hands-on tutoring in reading and math to help children prepare for the upcoming school year. These targeted tutoring programs can be instrumental in helping children develop the skills they need to be successful.
Throughout the school year, our School-Based Programs provide early intervention to students who are at-risk for or who are experiencing reading and math failure as well as enrichment programs for students with grade level academic skills.
Texas School Ready is a comprehensive preschool teacher training program combining a research-based, state-adopted curriculum with ongoing professional development and progress monitoring tools. The goal of this program is to help children be better prepared for school.
The added benefit of combining the Texas School Ready program in the classroom with the Play and Learning Strategies program in the home is the focus of the Parents And Teachers Together (e-PATT) study. This study parallels an earlier study conducted at CLI. However, this project utilizes remote technology in coaching and training to conduct these interventions.
This research project will test the effectiveness of combining a preschool program, Pre-K Mathematics Tutorial, with attention training in an effort to improve the mathematical knowledge of preschool children who are especially low performing in mathematics and at highest risk for mathematical difficulties in school. The approach of combining mathematics and attention training is based on findings from developmental psychology, math learning disability research, and cognitive neuroscience that point to a strong link between mathematical learning and attention.
This project addresses the pressing need for assessment tools that teachers can use to efficiently identify children’s strengths and weaknesses in English and Spanish, monitor students’ learning, and inform instruction. The School Readiness Curriculum Based Measurement System includes research-based progress monitoring tools that assess vocabulary, letter identification, graphophonemic knowledge, phonological awareness, math, and science in English and Spanish speakers aged 3 to 6 years.
The Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA) is a collaborative effort between the US Department of Education, the Texas Education Agency, and the Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth. The purpose of this research is to develop a comprehensive, easy-to-administer kindergarten screening assessment that is a valid predictor of later academic success. The test will be administered in both English and Spanish. Upon completion of this research project, the TX-KEA assessment will be available free for use in Texas’ public school districts that serve up to 400,000 new kindergarten students yearly.
The online CIRCLE Activity Collection offers a variety of hands-on activities that teachers and parents can use with their children. Teachers can implement during large group, small group, centers, and one-on-one instruction. Language, literacy, social emotional skills, mathematics, and science are the core concepts covered.
The Texas School Ready child progress monitoring tool, the CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System, enables a teacher to quickly measure a child’s progress in a particular skill area. Utilizing this instrument allows teachers to appropriately focus their lessons.
CLI Engage is a comprehensive e-learning platform housing TSR Online professional development, child progress monitoring tools, and classroom observation tools - available for free to Texas public schools, Head Start programs, and Texas Rising Star Certified Providers.
eCIRCLE Professional Development provides online courses featuring extensive video-based demonstrations of effective instructional practices, application-based assignments, and activities. The program is designed specifically for teachers, school leaders, and intervention specialists.
The purpose of the Texas Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines is to outline expectations about what children should know and be able to do across domains of learning during specific age ranges and to outline steps for caregivers to support healthy development.
The Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment System (TX-KEA) covers multiple child development domains and better informs kindergarten teachers about the children in their classes, helping them to design more appropriate learning opportunities. In August 2017, TX-KEA launched on CLI Engage.
The Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines, published in 2008, were developed to help educators provide all preschool children with the proper foundations for school success. CLI also created a web-based professional development tool to provide educators an introduction to the guidelines. This instrument includes video examples of child behaviors and classroom interactions and provides instructional strategies for teachers to support students.