Children’s Dyslexia Centers, Inc.
“Helping youth deal with a disorder that interferes with life’s most simple tasks.”
Millions of children with dyslexia endure frustration and demoralization on a daily basis as they struggle to acquire skills that many of us take for granted. If your child is struggling with reading and writing, how do you know if dyslexia is the cause? Where can you go for help?
For over two decades, the Scottish Rite Masons, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, have been national leaders in the effort to help children and their families overcome the painful obstacles of dyslexia. With more than 40 Dyslexia Centers in 13 states, the Children’s Dyslexia Centers tackle the challenge of dyslexia head-on, both by providing free tutoring for children with dyslexia and by training a growing cadre of highly skilled and dedicated tutors. Dyslexia is an inherited neurological disorder that affects the way people learn to read and write. Famous dyslexics include Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, Leonardo DaVinci, Walt Disney, Tom Cruise and Whoopi Goldberg.
Dyslexia affects one out of every five people and affects boys and girls in equal numbers. Children left with untreated dyslexia often suffer devastating personal consequences. It is the number one reason teenagers drop out of school and is a primary factor in juvenile delinquency. Research reveals that children with untreated dyslexia can become underachieving adults unable to contribute to society at their fullest capacity. Dyslexia is, however, a treatable condition. Children with dyslexia need professional help, and the earlier they receive it, the greater their chances of achieving normal, fully functional lives.
Our tutor training program is accredited by both the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).
- To provide individual instruction in reading, writing and spelling using a proven method of remediation for students who suffer from dyslexia and who are performing below their grade level in school.
- To train teachers to use multi-sensory structured literacy education (MSLE) to address the needs of students in public school settings.
- To train practitioners to work as MSLE practitioners in the community to aid families who are wanting to provide their child additional support.
Who do we serve?
- We serve any family north of Augusta who is willing to travel to the Center.
- We have an enrollment of approximately thirty first grade through high school students per year.
- We train teachers from private and public schools and any adult with a bachelor’s degree who would like to work with Children.
How do we support public schools?
- The Children’s Dyslexia Center, Inc. has a “school neutral” policy which means we act only as an educational service for students and not an advocacy group for parents. We respect the right of each school system to select and implement their own remediation programs.
- Our intensive one-on-one tutoring sessions provide students with the necessary foundation skills to significantly augment whatever school services the student is receiving.
- With the passage of the Maine Dyslexia Law and the earlier identification of students with dyslexia, teachers are requesting to be trained at the Center which results in a greater number of students receiving effective remediation with very little professional training costs for school systems.
How are we funded?
- Our primary funding comes from fundraisers, annual appeal campaigns, charitable gifts and donations. Unfortunately, monies from these sources have declined over the years. Since 1994, membership of our sponsoring organization has decreased by 58% meaning an increased responsibility on a smaller number of individuals to donate and raise funds.
- The $10,000 ($5,000 per year for two years) cost to provide services for each student is covered entirely by donations. There is absolutely no cost to families.
- Trainees pay a small materials fee for the year-long class. The remaining class costs are covered by donations.
The Children’s Dyslexia Centers’ Multisensory Structured Literacy Education (MSLE) Training
What is the CDC’s Multisensory Structured Literacy Education (MSLE)?
- A systematic and structured phonics-based approach to teaching reading and writing that addresses the cognitive strengths of the learner.
- An emotionally-sound confidence-building teaching method that employs the Socratic method to lead students to discover language concepts.
- A child-centered program that addresses the individual needs of the learner.
- A program that relies on the teacher’s knowledge of word structure and the English language to be able to identify the root of a student’s errors and provide immediate and appropriate remediation.
- Based on program developed by Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham in the 1930’s.
- A multisensory method that presents concepts about sound and letter correspondences in a concrete manner using blocks and tiles as representations for sounds.
- A program that develops a student’s phonological awareness skills, which is the single greatest indicator of reading success.
- A program that addresses decoding, encoding, comprehension, vocabulary development, morphology, orthography and fluency.
Who can teach at the Children’s Dyslexia Center?
- Only professionals who have completed the MSLE Training Course, which includes 51 hours of class time and a 100-hour practicum, are qualified to teach at any Children’s Dyslexia Center.
- MSLE practitioners are certified by an accrediting organization and must complete continuing education credits to maintain their certification in order to continue being qualified as a provider of MSLE.
Why does our program stand apart from other educational interventions?
- Our teacher training program is one of the most intensive teacher training program offered.
- It recognizes the neurological basis of dyslexia and provides learning experiences that build new neurological pathways allowing a student with dyslexia to comprehend written language.
- It is individual; lessons are one-on-one and written specifically for each student.
- It incorporates the Orton Gillingham method which has been in practice for 85 years and also incorporates findings from the latest research on reading acquisition.
- It teaches to mastery. A student is not introduced to new material until they have reached mastery with old material.
- It is empowering. Students are led by their tutor to discover new knowledge making the student active participants in the teaching process. Once a student has been taught a language concept, they are responsible for applying it. The tutor cues and guides the student, but never takes away the opportunity for the student to arrive at the correct answer on their own.
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