The Children’s Dyslexia Center, Great Lakes Bay Region is a local miracle. Since it opened in December of 2000, children for whom reading was a mystery because of dyslexia have literally gone from despair to honors grades. The smiles on their faces and the relief in the parents’ eyes tell you that our Center is providing the tools that help these children succeed for life.
The Children’s Dyslexia Center, Great Lakes Bay Region is one of 47 Centers in the Northeast quadrant of the United States. These 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 and providing access for research to the largest database of teaching methods for students with Dyslexia in America.
Dyslexia, the most common reading disability, threatens to deprive nearly 20% of school aged children of a normal childhood and family life. 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”.
This inherited learning disability afflicts children without regard to race or gender. It is incurable, but it can be remediated successfully. This miracle is happening daily right here in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Enrollment is open to children ages six to eighteen. The average age for students at the Great Lakes Bay Region Center is nine and they typically enter the program at a 1st grade reading level. All that 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.
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.
Our goal is to see all students increase in their ability to read, in their self-confidence, and in their belief of their own future. Each tutor has worked personally with numerous students who entered the program unwilling to make eye contact and certain they could not read. After just a few weeks of being in the program and seeing success, these same students are talkative and smiling. It is a privilege to be a part of their success.
The Children’s Dyslexia Center, Great Lakes Bay Region is currently providing these services on the fifth floor of the Scottish Rite Masonic Center, located at 614 Center Ave., Bay City, MI. Space limitations limit the outreach to 40 students. We have grown to capacity at our current location and are seeking alternative occupancy. The waiting list is currently at an additional 40 students.
Our goal is to increase the number of trained tutors to work with students with Dyslexia while continuing to provide, with fidelity, the highest quality tutoring for students.The tutoring is currently provided with a cadre of fifteen certified professional tutors and four tutor scholars. Tutor scholars are certified teachers 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.