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Reading2Connect® is a resident-directed, Montessori-based program, providing staff training and specialized reading materials to engage residents of all abilities. In any care community, the Reading2Connect® Program sparks residents’ imaginations, personal stories, laughter, an interest in learning, and much more. This program empowers residents, fostering enthusiastic participation, independence, and social connections.

The Reading2Connect® books compensate for the challenges of individuals living with cognitive changes. While accessible and highly readable, our specialized books retain content integrity and rich vocabulary, reflecting the interests, strengths, and life experiences of older adults. These books provide the backdrop and support for personal expression and genuine conversation.

Benefits:
  • An array of resident-led, age-appropriate and ability-appropriate activities
  • Increased staff commitment and job satisfaction
  • Effective nonpharmacologic responses
  • Positive family reporting when seeing their loved ones actively engaged and having fun
  • Census-builder
  • NCCAP CE Approval

Reading2Connect Certification

Upon successful completion of the three hour e-learning training course, participant is designated as a Reading2Connect® Certified Coach and as such, may share techniques with other professionals and families, have access to an online portal of coach resources, receive quarterly newsletters and be invited to special Coach Connect quarterly learning webinars.

Participants will receive a comprehensive training manual and access to all online resources.

Register here for training

Reading2Connect® Certified Community/Agency E-Learn Training:
  • $575 – 3-hour online training and manual. At least one Program Materials Option package must be purchased with training. See Program Material options here.
  • Program includes up to 3 coaches. Additional Coaches are $195 each
  • Certification Renewal - $95 per year/per coach; continued designation, access to online portal, educational newsletters, online coach resources, and Coach Connect webinars
  • Corporate Discounts available - please call 817-857-1157 x 204 - Mary.Petersen@ageucate.com
Reading2Connect® Certified Designation

This designation is for eldercare communities who wish to train a minimum of 3 coaches and provide a Benchmark Assessment post-training. Upon completion, communities will be issued a Reading2Connect® Community Certificate for lobby or other designated areas.

"QUOTES"
The Reading2Connect® program helps everyone with all different cognitive issues be able to connect. People with lower capabilities are able to read the Reading2Connect® books. Higher functioning residents read to others conducting their own reading discussion groups. These books truly are for all to enjoy!
—Brenda Addison, Activity Director
Magic happens when we pull together a Reading2Connect® group. These groups incorporate the eight dimensions of wellness -- it doesn’t get much better than that!
—Laurie Lynch-Young, Recreation Director
Seeing a group of residents reading to each other, you see them sharing joy and passion. You see the level of happiness brought forth by this program. It’s made all of our lives here that much richer.
—Kathleen Dess, Executive Director
As they age, most people notice diminishing hearing, vision, mobility, and memory. Interest in daily life wanes. Without intervention, life becomes closer to existence than pleasure. The Reading2Connect® books provide a method to slow this process. For those who feel reading has become too difficult, the startling white pages with the black bold letters bring back the ability to enjoy reading again. Each sentence is pretty much a paragraph and elicits conversation on its own. Using Susan’s books, residents share the most wonderful memories with such joy in the telling. Laughter and wonder abound. Easy to implement, Susan’s program fills a void in the lives of some of our most vulnerable senior citizens. It is a learning experience and so much fun!
—Judith Simmons, senior volunteer