How to Help a Dyslexic Child

An Effective Approach For Teaching Reading Must Be Used:

The curriculum used for tutoring and tutor training at all Children’s Dyslexia Centers is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach. The Orton-Gillingham approach, developed in the 1920’s uses a sequential, multisensory phonetic approach to teaching and spelling. Thus, a variety of sensory data is used to help children understand the written word.


As part of the Children’s Dyslexia Center Program, over a thousand teachers and other individuals interested in becoming certified tutors at the Centers have received free training. Children are tutored one-on-one twice a week after regular school hours. This allows for the curriculum to be tailored to each individual child as necessary, and progress is made in small, readily quantifiable steps. Services provided by the Children’s Dyslexia Centers equip children with the skills and the confidence they need to approach learning with eagerness and without fear.


YOU CAN HELP A DYSLEXIC CHILD, Becoming a certified tutor takes approximately one year of working with two students at the Center, during which time tutors are considered volunteers as they complete the required 55 hours of classroom training, 100 hours of practicum training, and 10 hours of observation. Tutoring lessons for the practicum are scheduled twice a week on either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday for 50 minutes each lesson with two students. All sessions are held after school between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.. The training cycle will be distributed throughout the year.


Our center currently has children on a waitlist in need of tutors and your commitment to become a tutor allows them an opportunity to be served.