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.
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.
Vennecia Jackson, M.D.
Director of Diagnostic Services and Developmental Pediatrician at Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia & Learning Disorders
Research projects have included studies on:
- The efficacy of Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia
- Take Flight: The Evolution of an Orton Gillingham-based Curriculum.
- Technical report on Take Flight effectiveness in the Dyslexia Lab and local schools
- White Paper Report on Take Flight in routine practice
- Rite Flight: A Classroom Reading Rate Program
- The effectiveness of the Center’s previous curriculum, the Dyslexia Training Program
- The neurobiology of dyslexia treatment response
- Differentiating the neural response to intervention in children with developmental dyslexia.
- Brain connectivity in non-reading impaired children and children diagnosed with developmental dyslexia.
- Predicting Growth in Word Level Reading Skills in Children With Developmental Dyslexia Using an Object Rhyming Functional Neuroimaging Task
- Watch our video to learn more about what to expect on your first visit to the Center for Dyslexia.
- Watch our Dyslexia Overview video.
- Research Summary
- FAQs about our diagnostic services
- Dyslexia Defined
- Dysgraphia Defined