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Children’s Dyslexia Centers, Inc. provides clinically proven dyslexia tutoring services within 13 states. They are the only organization offering two years of intensive one-on-one tutoring in the proven Orton-Gillingham  approach, completely free of charge. The Children’s Dyslexia Centers are open to all children regardless of economic status, race or religion, or Masonic affiliation. Currently, more than 40 centers in 13 states provide tutoring to more than 1,200 children from kindergarten through high school. Instructors are also trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach completely free of charge. During our initial 15 plus years of operation we have trained over 750 individuals to become tutors at the initial certification level.

It costs $5,000 per year to tutor one child. The Walk to Help Children with Dyslexia is part of the annual "Sponsor A Child" fundraising campaign aimed at finding a sponsor for every child with dyslexia enrolled in the program. The Walk supports the Centers to fund the cost of tutoring each child while simultaneously raising community awareness of dyslexia. All monies raised will go directly to tutoring services.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my child dyslexic? What might the symptoms be?

When a child struggles with reading, writing, spelling, and sometimes even speaking, it is possible that the problem is due to dyslexia. The common signs listed below do not necessarily mean that a child displaying them has this learning disability. However, if a child continues to display difficulty over time in the areas listed below, testing for dyslexia should be considered.
•    Understanding that words are made up of sounds
•    Assigning correct sounds to letters
•    Correct pronunciation of sounds and words
•    Spelling
•    Learning basic sequential information (alphabet, numbers)
•    Reading with age-appropriate speed, accuracy and comprehension
•    Learning numbers, facts
•    Answering open-ended questions (math or word problems)
•    Organizing thoughts, time, or a sequence of tasks


Who do I talk to first? How do we get a diagnosis?

Talk to your child's school first. Read some good books about dyslexia. We have listed books and web sites that we recommend in additional resources on this web site. A formal evaluation by trained professionals must be conducted to diagnose dyslexia. Sometimes a child's school is able to conduct the necessary testing, and sometimes testing needs to be done by outside specialists (at a hospital or through a clinical psychologist). Organizations such as the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) can help locate a specialist in your area. For additional resources contact Children’s Dyslexia Centers, Inc.


If my child is dyslexic, how do I to enroll him or her in the Children's Dyslexia Center program?

Formal testing must be conducted before contacting the Children's Dyslexia Center. Once this evaluation is completed, the parent should locate the nearest center, then call the Center Director, who will send an application to be completed and returned with supporting information.

How the Children's Dyslexia Centers Began

Following extensive study in partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital, Fairleigh Dickinson Universityand other leaders in the field more than a decade ago, the Scottish Rite Masons took a national lead in combating untreated dyslexia in children. Studies revealed that despite the existence of remarkably effective programs that treat the disorder, no one was addressing the issue and its cost to society. As a result, the task of building and staffing Children's Dyslexia Centers in 13 states of the Scottish Rite's Northern Masonic Jurisdiction was begun.