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About Dyslexia

Dyslexia has been around for a long time and has been defined in different ways. For example, in 1968, the World Federation of Neurologists defined dyslexia as "a disorder in children who, despite conventional classroom experience, fail to attain the language skills of reading, writing, and spelling commensurate with their intellectual abilities." According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, dyslexia is a learning disability that can hinder a person's ability to read, write, spell, and sometimes speak. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability in children and persists throughout life. 

Children with dyslexia have difficulty in learning to read despite traditional instruction, at least average intelligence, and an adequate opportunity to learn. It is caused by an impairment in the brain's ability to translate images received from the eyes or ears into understandable language. It does not result from vision or hearing problems. It is not due to mental retardation, brain damage, or a lack of intelligence.

Dyslexia can go undetected in the early grades of schooling. The child can become frustrated by the difficulty in learning to read, and other problems can arise that disguise dyslexia. The child may show signs of depression and low self-esteem. Behavior problems at home as well as at school are frequently seen. The child may become unmotivated and develop a dislike for school. The child's success in school may be jeopardized if the problem remains untreated.

According to the Canadian Dyslexia Association, approximately 15% of children suffer from dyslexia to varying degrees. For more information, go to the Canadian Dyslexia Association website - Canadian Dyslexia Association

About Our Learning Centre

The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation (SRCF) was established in 1964 by the Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Canada and is a registered Canadian charity.
The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite is a branch of the Freemasons fraternity. The SRCF supports initiatives that solve "puzzles of the mind" such as alzheimer and dyslexia. One of the SRCF's initiatives is Learning Centres for children with learning disabilities resulting from dyslexia.
Dyslexic children often find reading and writing frustrating and, as a result, suffer with their learning experience in school. There is no cure for dyslexia, but dyslexic individuals can learn to read and write with appropriate education and tutoring.
SRCF Learning Centres assist dyslexic children with specialized tutoring based on the well proven Orton-Gillingham methodology. This program is provided at no cost to the family.

The SRCF Learning Centre Calgary is located at 103, 2915 - 21st Street NE and officially opened in September 2012.  Referrals are not necessary all applications will be assessed by the Centre Director to ensure the child is a fit for our program.
The children are then assigned a "tutor" and their sessions begin. Typically, children receive 2 one  hour "tutoring" sessions a week between 3:00pm and 8:00pm Monday to Thursday. A "tutoring year" lasts for 26 weeks. Lessons are divided into 5 levels and most children take up to 3 years to complete the program.