What is the AEI Clinic?
The Academic Evaluation and Intervention Clinic (AEI Clinic) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) provides services for children who are experiencing academic difficulties. This clinic offers services to help improve a child’s educational performance by identifying effective academic interventions and providing parents with strategies to implement at home or school. After teaching parents to use specific strategies and consulting with the school, clinicians monitor the child’s progress in follow-up visits. While navigating the special education system may seem overwhelming, MMI professionals are there to guide parents along the way.
To provide parents of children with learning difficulties information and strategies that will maximize their child's academic performance.
Who benefits from services at the AEI clinic?
We are dedicated to serving children with intellectual and learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, genetic syndromes, and other disabilities that affect educational performance. In addition, the AEI clinic also provides services for children at risk for learning difficulties or who are demonstrating severe academic problems. The vast majority of children who receive treatment at MMI show improvements, bringing them closer to unlocking their full potential.
Who provides the services?
Services are provided by graduate students in the University of Nebraska-Omaha's school psychology program. Training and ongoing supervision is provided by licensed psychologists.
What skills are targeted?
- Phonemic awareness
- Phonics and decoding
- Sight word recognition
- Reading fluency
- Reading comprehension
- Functional reading skills for daily activities, such as survival words, menus, and community functioning
- One-to-one correspondence
- Math computation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
- Math application
- Functional math skills for daily living such as money, budgets, measurement, and time
- Functional writing skills for daily living (name, messages)
- Writing mechanics
- Writing fluency
Cognitive/Behavioral Concerns Affecting Academic Performance
- Attention problems
- Organizational problems
- Communication problems
How does the clinic work?
The first appointment is a one-hour meeting focused on determining the family's goals for the child and developing a plan for meeting the child’s and family's needs.
Assessment and Intervention Development
The next few sessions include assessment of the child’s academic skills to identify strengths and needs. Individualized interventions then are evaluated to improve the child’s skills in the areas of need.
Parent Training and Home Implementation
After effective interventions are identified, parents are taught how to use the interventions at home. Using the interventions at home helps to build skills more quickly and allows the parent to be more involved in the child’s academic progress.
Progress is monitored in the clinic. At the conclusion of treatment, parents are taught how to continue to monitor their child’s academic progress.
During the process, we will also consult with the child's school as needed to enhance home-school collaboration.
What support is available for parents and caregivers?
Clinicians work closely with parents to identify concerns to be addressed. Parents receive ongoing updates on their child’s assessment results and interventions being developed. Once an effective intervention is identified, parents are taught how to use the intervention at home with their child and ongoing support is provided. Clinicians are also available throughout the process to help parents navigate the special education system.
What is the cost?
One-hour sessions are billed on a sliding scale fee based on family income. Payment is due prior to each session.
Is there a waiting list?
To inquire about accessing services available through the AEI Clinic, please contact 402-559-5730 or see our brochure. If you have questions about the AEI clinic, please call Dr. Sara Kupzyk at 402-559-6408.