Help for Dyslexia


The Children's Dyslexia Center - Pittsburgh is part of Children's Dyslexia Centers, Inc., located in Lexington, Massachusetts.   The Children's Dyslexia Center - Pittsburgh is a charity of the Scottish Rite Valley of Pittsburgh.


For over two decades, the Scottish Rite Masons, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, have been national leaders in the effort to help children and their families overcome the painful obstacles of dyslexia. With more than 50 active Dyslexia Centers in 13 states, the Children's Dyslexia Centers tackle the challenge of dyslexia head-on, both by providing free tutoring for children with dyslexia and by training a growing cadre of highly skilled and dedicated tutors.


The Children's Dyslexia Centers provide tutoring at no charge to children from early elementary through high school who have been diagnosed as dyslexic. Children are eligible regardless of economic status or Masonic affiliation. The positive impact of early intervention on the lives of these children and their families is enormous, and inspires our commitment to this program.


The curriculum used as the basis for tutoring and tutor training at all Children's Dyslexia Centers integrates principles of two of the leading Orton-Gillingham approaches. The Orton-Gillingham approach, developed in the 1920's, uses a sequential, multisensory phonetic approach. Thus, a variety of sensory data is used to help children understand the written word.


Potential tutors receive 45 hours of training and continuing education credits.  In addition, trainees complete a 100-hour supervised practicum at the Center before becoming certified Children's Dyslexia Center tutors. Children are tutored one-on-one twice a week after regular school hours. This allows for the curriculum to be tailored to each individual child as necessary, and progress is made in small, readily quantifiable steps. Services provided by the Dyslexia Centers equip children with the skills and the confidence they need to approach learning with eagerness and without fear.


The Center is located at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center in Ross Township.