The Children’s Dyslexia Centers comprise the largest organization for remediation of dyslexia in the Country. This program has three specific areas of focus.
Tutoring for students who struggle with reading and language.
Training for teachers and other adults to work with students who have difficulty with the reading and language process.
Providing access for research to the largest database of teaching methods for students with Dyslexia in America.
Dyslexia is an inherited learning disability afflicts children without regard to race or gender. It is incurable, but it can be remediated successfully. This miracle is happening in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Enrollment is open to children ages six to eighteen.
The Great Lakes Bay Center uses an Orton-Gillingham approach that is multisensory, systematic and sequential. Tutors meet with students twice a week for an hour in a one-on-one setting.
The program runs 34 weeks, 28 during the school year and 6 during the summer.
Students are typically part of the program for two years in order to achieve all the levels including a Latin and Greek roots component.
Tutoring is currently provided with a combination of certified professional tutors and tutor scholars. Tutor scholars are tutors who have completed a 45-hour accredited tutor training program at the Center and are working toward attainment of the required 100-hour practicum supervised by an experienced certified Orton-Gillingham tutor trainer.
Children’s Dyslexia Center, Great Lakes Bay Region is the only organization in the area that offers IMSLEC certified tutor training and tutors. The clinical procedures in place and the clinical leadership of the Centers have both been recognized with awards by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC).
The Children’s Dyslexia Center, Great Lakes Bay Region is overseen by a Board of Governors made up of local school and business professionals deeply committed to assisting children with dyslexia. Clinical procedures and protocols for tutoring are developed and monitored by Children’s Dyslexia Centers Inc, a 501c3 charitable organization, located in Lexington, MA.
Dyslexia affects up to 20% of all people. The most common reading disability, it can easily deprive children of a happy childhood and success as an adult. Reading failure is the most commonly shared characteristic of juvenile justice offenders. The National Institutes of Health says, “Dyslexia is the leading cause of reading failure and student dropouts in our nation”.
Students typically enter our program at a 1st grade reading level. Those who complete the program improve reading, spelling and comprehension skills. The Children’s Dyslexia Center, GLBR boasts a documented 92.4% success rate in bringing children to meet or exceed their proper reading grade level in 2 school years.
Our goal is to see all students increase in their ability to read, grow their self-confidence, and believe they are capable and deserving of a bright future. Each tutor has worked personally with students who entered the program unwilling to make eye contact, convinced they could not read. After working with their tutors for a few weeks, these same students are talkative and smiling. It is a privilege to be a part of their success.