• Finding Focus

    While other kids her age were learning to sound out words and read beginner books, Mikayla Crutchfield lagged behind. She was easily distracted. She wasn't completing first-grade homework. And her grandmother, who has custody of her, chalked it up to misbehaving. Then Rolanda Crutchfield began looking for help for her granddaughter, and she found it in the form of a Cincinnati Children's research study. She enrolled Mikayla in a 16-week reading intervention program that helped the second-grader improve her reading grade from an F to an A. "She was embarrassed about her reading," Rolanda Crutchfield says. "She didn't want to read out loud in the classroom. Now she's eager to read."