Willamette Valley Dyslexia Center
We turn struggling readers into confident readers.
Who we are...
Dyslexia specialists devoted to helping children learn to read confidently in record time!
What we do...
We teach children of all ages and levels how to read and write using the most up-to-date methods and programs for struggling readers.
We are passionate about helping struggling readers, both those diagnosed with dyslexia and those without a formal diagnosis.
Learn more about us in the video below!
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A tailored plan for your struggling reader...
Children that attend our center improve their reading and spelling skills dramatically!
Children with dyslexia learn differently, and we teach the way that dyslexic children learn best!
We use an Orton-Gillingham-based, multi-sensory approach, which means using techniques that activate multiple sensory pathways in the brain. This technique is proven to improve your child's reading now and give them the skills to be lifelong readers.
Children are tutored one-on-one with a reading and dyslexia specialist who creates a custom plan for your child. This allows the curriculum to be tailored to your child's individual needs and focus on your child's specific struggles.
Personalized Dyslexia Tutoring
Is your child struggling with reading?
Your child does not need a diagnosis of dyslexia to benefit from personalized tutoring.
One-on-one tutoring with a dyslexia specialist is the most effective and proven way to help struggling readers become thriving readers.
Online Dyslexia Tutoring
Want individualized dyslexia tutoring but don't live in the area?
Online tutoring is the best option for those who want individual tutoring, but are unable to come into the dyslexia center. The program materials are mailed to you and then all tutoring is done online with a reading and dyslexia specialist.
Not sure if your child has dyslexia or not?
If your child is struggling with reading it is likely that they have dyslexia or a similar reading disorder.
A dyslexia screening can be a helpful tool in determining how to best help your child.
My sons teachers kept saying he was just a "late learner,"
but he actually had dyslexia.
"My son was 10 years old and still could barely read! All the programs at his school weren't helping. He kept falling more and more behind every year.
Finally, I came to my senses, and I started him at the dyslexia center. Within a year at the dyslexia center, he was reading ABOVE grade level. Now he is a confident reader and one of the best students in his class!"
mother of a dyslexic child
What is dyslexia?
Many erroneously believe that dyslexia is a result of people reversing the letters in words. This is a common misconception that is not the root cause of dyslexia.
Children with dyslexia struggle to see and hear small nuances in both the sound and appearance of the elements of speech and letters (also known as phonemes). As a small child, they may confuse the appearance and sound of letters like b and d. Things get increasingly more difficult for dyslexics as they get older and letter combinations become more complicated.
The purpose of personalized dyslexia tutoring is to teach these basic phonemes, letter combinations, and higher reading concepts in ways that the dyslexic brain can understand and remember. This is accomplished by using a variety of proven techniques specific to reading disorders.
Here's how to get started...
Tell us about your specific situation and needs, and our dyslexia center director will reach out to you with answers and suggestions.
Call/text 503-931-3622 or
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Where are we located?
We are located in Salem, Oregon, near the Turner Road Walmart and the Salem Airport.
Our address is 1665 25th St. SE, Salem, OR 97302.
Don't live nearby?
If you don't live in the Salem area, no worries! We offer online dyslexia tutoring. Your child will meet 1:1 with a dyslexia specialist each week via google classroom.
Meet the Dyslexia Team
Every dyslexia tutor is trained in the most up-to-date methods for teaching children with dyslexia and other reading disorders.
Dyslexia Center Director
Lynn is a former special education teacher who has always had a passion for helping children learn to read. And when her own daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia her passion grew even more.
Frustrated with the lack of resources for children with dyslexia in schools she founded the dyslexia center.
Beth is a former elementary school teacher. Her passion for helping those with dyslexia started over a decade ago when her daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia.
Thanks to dyslexia tutoring, her daughter (now an adult) is an AVID reader, and Beth is devoted to helping other dyslexic children find the same success.
Dyslexia Tutor, site manager
Sasha has 20 years of experience teaching children, including 4 of her own.
Her passion for helping children with disabilities started when she worked as a preschool teacher and has continued to grow. Now she works closely with children with developmental and behavioral delays and one-on-one with children with dyslexia in our center.
Heather Darwin is a retired school teacher, mother, and grandmother. Married for 38 years, Heather and her husband, Keith, moved to Oregon 8 years ago from Vermont. Seeing God's beautiful creation from coast to coast has brought great joy.
She loves reading, reading to children, and teaching and watching children learn to read. She has spent years working with children in schools, in church, and at home. She recognizes the need for parents, teachers and specialists to work together in educating our children. As a mother, Heather learned to advocate for her two sons who had ADHD and OCD. They are now grown, college graduates, married, and have successful careers. Heather hopes to use her experience to help others while tutoring at WVDC.
Kacey has always had a passion for helping kids with exceptionalities.
After teaching preschool for 12+ years she has spent the last 9 years raising her 3 children who are all differently wired. Kacey loves helping kids be the best versions of themselves they can be. She is excited to be a part of an amazing team of educators at the center.
My name is Viktoria Mirigliano, I am a special education teacher and began teaching in 2016. I am from Las Vegas, Nevada and I have also spent some time living in Anchorage, Alaska and Florence, Italy. I've lived in Salem for four years now, and love getting to live in the Pacific Northwest. In my free time, I enjoy running, hiking, rock climbing, reading, making art and spending time with my little family and our two crazy German Shepherds.
Leah has a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with a special certificate in English as a Second Language.
She loves working with children one-on-one and especially enjoys working with young children and those who struggle with language.
Isabelle is a college student studying children's mental health. She has a passion for working with neurodivergent children. She is especially interested in working kids at the dyslexia center because reading is such an important part of living a fulfilling life.
Millyellen loves spending time developing understanding for a student so they can reach their goals. She
is a homeschool mama who taught her children techniques when they tried to understand spelling and
reading. She also worked with students in the school district assisting as they gained skills to succeed.
Reading opens up new possibilities and worlds for each of us, and everyone deserves that opportunity.
Born and raised in Salem, Oregon, I graduated from Western Oregon University in 2018. Shortly after graduation, I began a career as an ESL teacher for children on the mainland of China. While teaching, I home-schooled my daughter as a means to give her the structure and support she needed to succeed. I have two children whom experience their own learning struggles so I have experienced the nuance of being a special needs parent who wants to get the best help for their children. I love being outdoors and appreciating the beauty of nature while creating learning opportunities whenever they arise.
Psych.D. clinical student