Willamette Valley Dyslexia Center
Oregon's Premiere Reading Center
The Center uses the most researched approaches for teaching kids how to read, and provides unparalleled dedication and commitment to students and their families. Your child can't afford to fall further behind. Book your first session, today.
What we do...
WE TEACH KIDS HOW TO READ
WVDC uses the science of reading to take the frustration out of learning to read.
How do we do it?
Through individualized or group programs that meet your child where they are, and growing them to reading independence, using structured literacy (OG methodology)
We can help your child learn to read. A formal Diagnosis is not required to access our reading remediation (tutoring) program.
In-House Speech and Language Services
WVDC has an in-house Speech and Language Clinic that specializes in Evaluating and Treating DYSLEXIA and other language based disorders.
Our speech language pathologist, has advanced training and knowledge in….language!
Consider this: According the the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA ), Speech pathologists classify language into 5 major areas (in listening, speaking, reading, and writing)-
*Semantics (another word for vocabulary)
*Syntax (another word for grammar)
*Phonology (study of sounds in language, including the rules for combining sounds)
*Morphemes (the study of the meaningful parts of words in language)
*Pragmatic (social) language
All of these areas come into play when we talk about dyslexia!
WVDC provides the following services:
WVDC is passionate about reading, The idea that all people deserve to have a sustainable level of independent reading; and to achieve that, explicit literacy instruction should be available to all people regardless of their background.
Check out our resources page for links to local advocacy and support groups.
Why Choose Us...
...because your child can't afford to fall further behind...
WVDC follows an Orton-Gillingham based, multi-sensory, structured language education approach. Lessons incorporate techniques that simultaneously activate sensory pathways to help children understand the written word. Children are tutored 1:1 twice a week at times that are convenient for their family’s schedule. This allows for the curriculum to be tailored to each individual child and progress is made in small, quantifiable steps.
Our program is independent of public school procedures. We serve all children regardless of ability level, and from many different backgrounds. On average, children who begin the program have achieved a proficient level of reading in about 2 years. Often, this instruction improves the child’s self-confidence and their approach to learning.
We take pride in the fact that our model incorporates the latest scientific research in the field of reading and spelling, dyslexia, dyslexia remediation, and learning disabilities. We are structured to serve a specific population; children with dyslexia and learning disabilities. It is not required that the child have a formal diagnosis of dyslexia. Our screening process helps to identify Dyslexia and target specific deficiency areas. It may also help start conversations with your child’s school, to get the necessary help & support they need.
Our professional staff are specifically trained to work with children with dyslexia and learning disabilities. They are qualified to provide instruction for children with learning difficulties related to reading.
Our instructional approach is specially designed for each student. Concepts are introduced using simultaneous, multi-sensory techniques. Children are taught to analyze words using analytic strategies.
Upon identifying areas of need, children will be placed in an appropriate lesson, and follow the scope and sequence at their pace.
Dyslexia Screening: $325.
Full Speech and Language Eval: $575
This is reimbursable through insurance.
Private Tutoring: $53 per session/ recommended 2 sessions per week.
Speech and Language therapy: $75
This is reimbursable through insurance.
We would love to contract with your school , home school co-op, or therapy office. Contact us for more info.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Frequently Asked Questions
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Where are you located?
1659 25th St. SE, Salem OR 97302
How is Dyslexia Diagnosed?
Dyslexia is diagnosed clinically, through a clinician, most typically a neuro-psychologist.
Our SLP specialized in Dyslexia, a language based disorder, and can also give a doagnosis.
This testing can be done by the school district, as well. Your child may have already undergone testing by their school. That can also guide our sessions.
Do you bill insurance?
This is a tutoring opportunity, therefore is a self-pay model. Although Dyslexia is a medical diagnosis, it is treated academically and unfortunately, not covered by insurance
BUT... you CAN access your HSA funds to help pay for tutoring, if you have a letter of medical necessity from a doctor. Talk to your pediatrician about our screeners, and how they would work with you to make that happen.
How much is tutoring?
Can I schedule an assessment to get started
Absolutely! But it's not required to get your child started in tutoring.
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Can you really teach my child to read?
Our approach to learning is designed to best help children with dyslexia, learning disabilities, and those who are just struggling to read independently.
Teenagers and adults who wish to reach a sustainable literacy level for work and school purposes.
Director of Operations
Lynn Brown, M.Ed.
Energetic and driven, we were thrilled when Lynn Brown joined as our Managing Director. Mrs. Brown comes to us with over 10 years of teaching in Special Education. She has experienced the struggle of having a child with dyslexia and learning disabilities first hand. It is the obstacles and difficulties of finding support for her own daughter, that has deepened her commitment to providing sustainable support to students and families who are also struggling. She has completed a 30-hour structured literacy training from the Institute of Multi-Sensory Instruction. She is dedicated and passionate educator who brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our team.