What is Dyslexia?
Our Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia & Learning Disorders is named for Dr. Lucius Waites, who in 1965 established a program at Scottish Rite to identify and treat children with learning disorders, primarily dyslexia. The World Federation of Neurology met at Scottish Rite for Children in 1968 and formulated the first consensus definition of developmental dyslexia. Our Center for Dyslexia is now internationally recognized in the field of learning disorders.
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Dyslexia is a word reading problem due to differences in the brain that make learning letter sounds difficult. Without adequate letter-sound knowledge, recognizing words in print is slow and inaccurate. The root cause is weak phonological, not visual, processing. This phonological weakness is with the sounds of language.
In addition, the Academic Checklist is included at the end of the Center for Dyslexia Application for Evaluation and is required. Parents should select the appropriate form and have the child's teacher complete the requested information.
- Only the form applicable to the child's current grade is needed.
- There is an academic checklist specific to kindergarten and one designed for grades 1-9.
- Watch our video to learn more about what to expect on your first visit to the Center for Dyslexia.
- Watch our Dyslexia Overview video.
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- Dyslexia Defined
- Dysgraphia Defined
Our current programs include:
- Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia
- Pre-Flight: An Introduction for Young Students to Take Flight
- Rite Flight: A Reading Rate Program
- Rite Flight: A Reading Comprehension Program
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