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Children's Dyslexia Centers, Inc.

Children's Dyslexia Centers, Inc.

The Children's Dyslexia Centers were established in 1994 to provide, free of charge, one on one multi-sensory reading and written language tutorial services for children with dyslexia. With more than fifty centers open within the 15 state Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, our pledge is to continue to offer this service for as many children as possible. The Children's Dyslexia Centers provide tutoring at no charge to children from kindergarten through high school who have been diagnosed as dyslexic. Children are eligible regardless of economic status, race, religion, or Masonic affiliation. The positive impact of early intervention on the lives of these children and their families is enormous, and inspires our commitment to this program.

  • What is Dyslexia?

    Dyslexia is an under-reported disability, an inheritable neurological condition that affects language acquisition, processing and decoding. Up to 20% of the U.S. population has learning disorders, and 80% of these people, many of them children, have varying degrees of reading disorders that qualify as dyslexia (National Institutes of Health estimate). Dyslexia is a disability in learning, not in intelligence, and afflicts girls and boys nearly equally. It is a lifelong condition. Although incurable, it can be managed successfully. Most importantly, with early detection and treatment, children with dyslexia can learn and succeed academically.

    Children with dyslexia are typically highly creative and intuitive, and are excellent hands-on learners. Some of the world's most famous artists, innovators and leaders were and are dyslexic, including Leonardo daVinci, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Agatha Christie, William Hewlitt, Winston Churchill, Tom Cruise, Cher, Jay Leno, and Charles Schwab.

  • Teaching Children to Read

    The curriculum used as the basis for tutoring and tutor training at all Children's Dyslexia Centers integrates principles of two of the leading Orton-Gillingham approaches. The Orton-Gillingham approach, developed in the 1920's, uses a sequential, multisensory phonetic approach. Thus, a variety of sensory data is used to help children understand the written word. Children are tutored one-on-one twice a week after regular school hours by certified Tutors and Trainees. 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 Learning Centers equip children with the skills and the confidence they need to approach learning with eagerness and without fear.

  • Training Tutors

    The Children's Dyslexia Center Program offers free training for individuals who are interested in receiving initial certification as tutors in the Orton-Gillingham approach. Requirements for certification include 45 hours of classroom instruction and 100 hours of practicum work under supervision of qualified professionals, tutoring two children twice a week at a Center.

    The Centers also provide training for advanced certification. Our affiliation with institutions of higher education enables professionals who train as tutors at our Centers to earn continuing education credits, and students to earn full course credits.

  • Research

    Students at the Children's Dyslexia Centers are tested periodically to measure progress in reading skills. Tests of reading nonsense words, reading real words, reading comprehension, and spelling real words are used to evaluate each students abilities and progress. Testing also contributes to the measurement of the overall program administered throughout the 15 States of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. For available statistics and success rates, click on the link below.

    Children's Dyslexia Center Success Statistics

  • Free of Charge but Not Free

    It costs approximately $5,000 to tutor one child for one year. Typically, children require an average of two years of tutoring. The studentís family is not charged for the tutoring service. A commitment is expected that parents make sure that the students come to the center twice each week after school for the duration of their child's program.

    Each center has a budget including a center director, professional staff, supplies and office expenses. Tutor trainees are not paid but receive their training free of charge. Facilities meeting strict program requirements are provided by Scottish Rite Masonic organizations.

    Together the Nashua and Seacoast Centers have a student enrollment of 65 to 70 students throughout the year. To support these NH centers, several fund raising activities are held throughout the year, including: Tony Pace events, Annual Golf Tournaments, Benefit Walks and more.

  • How You Can Help


    Board of Governors

    • Members oversee the operation
      of the Children's Dyslexia Center

    • Composed of Masons and non-Masons

    • Assist at Children's Dyslexia Center fund raising activities
      such as the Walk or Golf Tournament

    The Children's Dyslexia Centers, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) # 04-3169620 charitable organization.

    Your tax-exempt contribution can be designated to support a specific Children's Dyslexia Center, or a Center where the need is greatest.

    For information about making a donation, please call the Development Office at 1-781-862-8518 or 1-877-861-0528, or click here

    Or send a check directly, payable to: Children's Dyslexia Centers, Inc. at: Children's Dyslexia Centers, Inc.
    33 Marrett Road
    Lexington, MA 02421


Children's Dyslexia Center of Nashua
200 Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060-2939

Nashua Center Director:
Aileen Cormier
Phone: 603-882-8781
Fax: 603-882-7783

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Children's Dyslexia Ctr - Seacoast Learning Ctr
29 Hanson Street
Rochester, NH 03867-2721

Seacoast Center Director:
Brenda Peters
Phone: 603-335-6779
Fax: 603-335-6245

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