Northwest Reading Clinic



Personal Statement

As a young woman, my dream was and still is to help as many children and adults as possible. When I come to work and hear a child say, ‘Thank you for teaching me to read,’ or a parent say, ‘You saved his life,’ I have renewed conviction. It’s true. We change lives. Our work is important and necessary.


Diane MW Budden, M.S. Ed., began her work as a literacy tutor at Cuesta College in California in 1977. In 1978 she was hired by Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes® where she served as a staff member and consultant for seven years working directly with Pat and Charles Lindamood®, who developed the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® (LiPS®) program to treat phonological awareness difficulties, and Nanci Bell®, who developed the Visualizing & Verbalizing® (V/V®) program to treat comprehension issues.

In 1984 Diane married and subsequently relocated to Portland, Oregon where she opened Northwest Reading Clinic, Inc. She continued to be affiliated with the Lindamood-Bell® organization by co-teaching several workshops with both Nanci Bell® and Pat Lindamood® in California and Oregon. She also served as a guest speaker at their national conferences and has assisted in teaching specific learning remediation techniques in their workshops. Although no longer affiliated with Lindamood-Bell®, Diane has taught many workshops over the past 20 years and currently has two offices in the Portland metro area where trained clinicians use a variety of techniques and programs to treat students with learning disabilities.


I have had the privilege of working for Diane Budden at Northwest Reading Clinic for twenty-six years. I grew up in a family of educators, and obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and my Master’s degree in Teaching. Northwest Reading Clinic is an ideal work environment for me. My co-workers are smart, fun, and compassionate, and I consider them family. Working with children every day is a blessing and something that brings me joy. I feel that the training I have received from Diane and from the creators of the programs we use has been exceptional. It is so rewarding to help students learn to read. I remember reading Dr. Seuss books when I was five, being so proud when I finished James and the Giant Peach (my first chapter book!) in elementary school, and falling into novels like Gone With The Wind, Shogun, and My Antonia in high school. My daily intention is to give students the skills to read so they have the opportunity to read anything that captures their interest or imagination. Although the daily student triumphs and challenges we see at Northwest Reading Clinic are motivating, as assistant director, my greatest joy is retesting students upon completion of their instruction and knowing I am sending them out the door with the keys to open up their futures.


Our students work one-on-one with experienced, thoroughly trained clinicians. We strive to match students with clinicians whose unique gifts and background make learning at Northwest Reading Clinic effective and fun. Our clinicians include individuals with a wide range of skills, interests, and expertise. All have experience working with children and all have been thoroughly trained in our specific methods of instruction. Many of our clinicians also have teaching credentials and/or Master’s degrees, and all have gone through a thorough background check.


Some of NWRC’s Crew!

Northwest Reading Clinic, Inc. is not Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes® nor is it affiliated with, certified, endorsed, licensed, monitored, or sponsored by Lindamood-Bell®, Nanci Bell®,

Phyllis Lindamood or Pat Lindamood.

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Northwest Reading Clinic, Inc.

Diane MW Budden, Director & Owner

37 years experience

B.A., California Polytechnic State University

M.S. Education, Portland State University

Leslie JW Greger, Assistant Director

26 years experience

B.A. Psychology, University of Puget Sound

M.A. Teaching, Lewis and Clark College