“Because all kids are naturally curious, I don’t believe in the word can’t,” said Kimberly Hudson, founder and owner of The Curious EDGE. “I want to help all kids succeed.”
That’s what happens every day at The Curious EDGE. Hudson holds a master’s in communication disorders and has 18 years experience as a speech therapist in a medical setting.
In addition, she is trained in the Orton-Gillingham method of treatment for dyslexia, one of the cornerstones of The Reading Room, which is located within The Curious EDGE.
Orton-Gillingham is a mulit-sensory approach that uses visual, audio, tactile and kinesthetic techniques to help build pathways for learning in the brain.
The National Institutes of Health found that 95% of even the poorest readers can learn from techniques used in Orton-Gillingham.
Routinely, students get caught up within two years of treatment.
The Reading Room’s staff of two speech therapists, one teacher and eight tutors sees more than 50 students twice a week at The Reading Room.
While working with these students, Hudson noticed that many were gifted in math and science.
So she brought the Club Scientific franchise to The Curious EDGE in 2009.
Summer science camps, birthday parties and field trips are offered as well.
After school clubs are open for grades K-5 and meet after school at area elementary schools where they serve as fund-raisers.
Kids work on science experiments and build robots at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary, Cassidy, Meadowthorpe, Picadome and Stonewall Elementaries in Lexington, Southside in Versailles, St. Camillus in Corbin and at The Curious EDGE.
A shining moment for Hudson came when fourth- and fifth-graders were working on an experiment to program a robot with sensors.
During a field trip to Toyota, Hudson saw the same skills taught at The Curious EDGE being practiced by Toyota workers.
“That filled my love bucket,” she said.
Hudson hopes by getting kids interested in math and science, they will establish a life-long passion for learning.
“I want to channel curiosity and get kids excited about math and science,” she said.
“These children will be the leaders for our future.”