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“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”

Quotation taken from The International Dyslexia Association


Facts About Dyslexia:
  • Dyslexia is a common learning difference that can be overcome.
  • Fifteen percent of our population has some degree of dyslexia.
  • Dyslexia is not a result of lack of intellect or motivation; many people with dyslexia have above average intelligence.
  • Dyslexia makes learning difficult – Reading, writing, math, speaking, and comprehension can all be affected.
  • Children with dyslexia are often frustrated, acting out and losing self-esteem.
  • Dyslexia is not curable – but it can be overcome.


Several famous people with dyslexia are:
Jay Leno, Cher, John Lennon, Tom Cruise, Prince Charles, Walt Disney, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mozart, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein, are just a few high achievers who have struggled with dyslexia.

A lot of them had something in common,
They had someone who believed in them.

Chances for Success are greater if DYSLEXIC Children are assessed Early


If the Scottish Rite Learning Centre can get dyslexic children through their formative years with their self-esteem still intact, the sky is the limit.


Not long ago, conventional wisdom was to wait until age 8 to begin testing a child for dyslexia.


Things have changed!


Studies show it’s possible to identify children as young as 3 who are at risk for dyslexia, and the chance of a child succeeding is much greater if they receive early remediation.

The Orton-Gillingham Approach


Tried, tested and true, the Learning Centre uses the Orton-Gillingham approach to tutoring children with dyslexia. After the child’s individual needs and abilities are assessed the details of the tutoring program are planned.


The child is tutored on a one-to-one basis, generally sessions last about one hour and are provided twice a week, outside normal school time. Our carefully selected tutors are trained and certified. Through reports and conferencing, parents are always kept up to date as to the progress of their child.


The Orton-Gillingham Approach is a direct, explicit, multisensory, structured, sequential, diagnostic, and prescriptive way to teach literacy when reading, writing, and spelling does not come easily to individuals, such as those with dyslexia.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. My child is having difficulty in school. Should I have my child assessed?
    The more you know about how your child learns the better. We recommend having your child assessed as soon as you notice your child is experiencing problems so tutoring may start right away.
  2. Will my child be with the same tutor every time?
    Ideally, students are scheduled with the same tutor for each session.
  3. How can I support my child at home?
    Parents should always read with their children. When the child is settled into the program, the tutor may guide the parents to assist them with the child’s learning.
  4. Do you accept ELL (English Language Learners) children?
    At this time, we do not accept ELL children.
  5. What is the cost of tutoring at your centre?
    There is no cost for tutoring.
  6. How long does it take for children to complete their remediation?
    Children are usually with us for a period of three years.
  7. What is an ideal age to start receiving tutoring with the Scottish Rite?
    Sooner is better. We have accepted children as young as five years old.