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New Dyslexia Center Opening in Superior

Taylor Holt
Updated: December 14, 2018 07:14 PM

Come January, local students who suffer from one the most common of the language based learning disabilities will be able to get much needed help and much closer to home. The Children's Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin will be opening a new campus in Superior.

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Inside the Masonic Temple, staff were preparing for the start of the new teaching venture Friday.

"We built these two tutoring rooms, you see back here and we have this facility here that we can train instructors and then tutor children for Dyslexia," said Arby Humphrey. he is on the board of Directors for the Children's Dyslexia Center International.

The new center will offer free sessions, twice a week, to the one in five learners that suffer from the disability.

"When they (students) enter in and recieve their first lesson, they are reading anywhere from 2nd to 6th grade levels, behind their peers so if you can imagine a high school sophomore reading at a 4th grade level that's pretty impactful," said Dr. Tammy Tillotson, Director of the Children's Dyslexia Center of Upper WI.

Humphrey says the need for this service in the area was noticed after opening their first campus in Eau Claire, and the student waiting list continues to grow, which pushed for the expansion of a second one.

"Really the challenge is to get enough tutors or instructors," said Humphrey. 

This center will support 16 additional students. Melissa Nick is the first tutor here and knows firsthand how difficult it is for students with the disability.

"I have a daughter that has Dyslexia and I'm also a teacher," said Nick."As, I started to research Dyslexia more, I learned about tutoring that can be helpful to students with Dyslexia, and it wasn't offered through any university in our area."

Nick says having the tools to provide the kids with can make all the difference, and staff there hope this new space can help spread awareness of the success that has come from the program.

"That is probably the highlight of my job, is truly seeing where kids start when they come into the program and where they end when they are graduating out of our program," said Tillotson.

The center is looking for more tutors.

Classes will begin in January. 

People can learn more that and the program at their open house and dedication Saturday at 1:30 p.m.  or on the Children's Dyslexia Center website.

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