Our Blog is Moving!

On March 1, 2014, SLD Read, formerly known as SLD Center, will have a new website: http://www.sldRead.org. Our blog will be moving to the new website. We’re looking forward to having our messages all together and hope you will join us!


2nd Annual Irish Jig for Literacy at McFadden’s

Specialized Language Development (SLD) Center is turning 40 this year and we’re celebrating with a new look AND a new name. As of March 1, 2014, we will officially be SLD Read and our blog will move to our new website: http://www.sldRead.org. 
We invite all those in the Grand Rapids area to help us kick things off at our first celebration on March 2nd at McFadden’s. Yes, you read it correctly – first . . . . something this great just can’t be celebrated all in one night now can it?  
Join the 2nd Annual #IrishJigforLiteracy!
Current Celebrities Joining Us
Shelley Irwin from the WGVU Morning Show and Jennifer Reeves of Serendipity Media/West Michigan Woman Magazine!
Raffle Prizes and Giveaways (so far!)
  • 2 “VIP” Tickets to Irish on Ionia 2014, (This includes an all access pass to the festival, plus a beer mug and t-shirt. ($110 Value)
  • 2 General Admission Tickets to Irish on Ionia 2014 with t-shirt ($50 Value)
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey Corn Hole Game Set
  • Swag like hats, t-shirts, necklaces and other items!!

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,300 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 38 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Greetings from Al

Join our Team: SLD Center is seeking a Special Events Manager


You can support learning and DYStinctive Thinking in the West Michigan areas! Specialized Language Development (SLD) Center is looking for a part-time Special Events Manager.

Job Summary:    Responsible for establishing, maintaining, and enhancing relationships with the community representatives of the SLDCenter.  Responsible for development activities including (3) major special events, third party fundraisers, development project teams, and assisting Development staff with annual campaign, and special projects. This position will oversee all special event development related activates in the West Michigan Region.

Please submit Cover Letter and Resume addressed to Executive Director to info@sldcenter.org .  Deadline for submission, November 1, 2013

  View qualifications and more at MLive.


ArtPrize 2013: Engaging our Communities

At SLD Center, we are passionate about experiences that support engaging brains and ArtPrize is one of those experiences!

Our friends at grkids.com have developed their ArtPrize Tour for Kids and Families in 2013 again this year. We will again post tips, suggestions and resources for engaging with literacy while visiting ArtPrize. We’ll include entry specific books and questions for further exploration and development of vocabulary or phonological awareness as well as general activities that can be incorporated for engaging brains of all ages in literacy while visiting ArtPrize. Enjoy!!!

Create Your Own ArtPrize Alphabet

artprize 2013 alphabet hunt


Can you find an item for each letter of the alphabet? Send us your completed list and we’ll enter you in a drawing for a DYStinctive Prize Package! Email your list (doc, pdf or photo) to abarto@sldcenter.org or as a message at our Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/SLDCenter.  Are you a multi-media fan? Send us a slideshow or video instead!! Be sure to include your name, age and phone number or email.

** Earn a bonus entry if your list happens to include one of the top 3 entries in this year’s ArtPrize!

All completed lists that are submitted will be entered in the drawing (we support brains of all ages!). Drawing will be held and the winner announced on October 6, 2013.

Click here to download: Brain Food alphabet hunt artprize 2013

Engaging Brains to Be Ready for Reading

The first five years of a child’s life are the most important in establishing life-long language success.  Their environment and experiences determine connections formed in the brain.

parents reading with baby

SLD Center offers a special Engage Their Brains! Early Childhood Workshop focused on early language development. This training workshop is perfect for caregivers, parents, pre-school teachers and others who spend time with children ages 0-5. Participants will learn pre-reading and reading multisensory activities to steer young children down the road to success!

Early Childhood Essentials Class: Engage Their Brains!

September 28 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

– See more at: http://www.grpl.org/event/early-childhood-essentials-class-engage-their-brains/#sthash.YNYn0Xiu.dpuf


Grand Rapids Public Library is hosting a September Early Childhood Engage Their Brains! and you are welcome to attend!

If you are a child care provider, you can register through Great Start Connect and track your professional development hours.

All others, you can register below on our contact form!

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