We are the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin but serve children in the entire greater Chippewa Valley from as far as 2 hours away. Dyslexia, which is a language-based learning disability, affects as many as 1 in 5 people – many of whom are of average or above average intelligence and excel dramatically when given the resources to do so.
The Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin is a locally funded, non-profit organization that provides multisensory, direct-instruction tutoring services to children 18 years and younger who struggle with the challenges of dyslexia at no cost to the families.
Based on the Orton-Gillingham methods of instruction, the Masons have chosen to support this worthy cause by providing training to individuals interested in helping children succeed; then further supporting the Children’s Dyslexia Center through development, funding, and on-going physical support.
Information About Dyslexia
Dyslexia is an inherited neurological disorder that affects the way people learn to read and speak as well as how they process things mathematically. Famous dyslexics include Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, Leonardo DaVinci, Walt Disney, Channing Tatum, and Whoopi Goldberg.
Dyslexia affects one out of every five people, and affects boys and girls in equal numbers. Children left with untreated dyslexia often suffer devastating personal consequences. It is the number one reason teenagers drop out of school, and is a primary factor in juvenile delinquency. Research reveals that children with untreated dyslexia can become underachieving adults unable to contribute to society at their fullest capacity.
Dyslexia is, however, a treatable condition. Children with dyslexia need professional help, and the earlier they receive it, the greater their chances of achieving normal, fully functional lives.
Meet Our Tutors
Tutors at the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin are an amazing, dedicated, and highly qualified group of people who have a passion for helping kiddos learn to read!
All Certified Tutors have completed a minimum of 50 hours of coursework and more than 100 hours of practicum training where they perfected their skills through observations, supervision, and practice! The Center begins a new Tutor Training course once a year, typically in the late spring/early summer. It is never to early to apply for the training as there are limited positions available. To learn more about becoming a tutor Click Here!
Anita Olds Lauri Gullotta Becky Hanestad Tami Koxlien Amelia Spielman Nancy Stang Vicki Fields Danielle Snyder Dr. Tammy Tillotson Margaret Brunn Jennifer Taylor Allie Coen Leigh Dobberstein Ellen Stabenow Lesley VanZee Jolene Brost
Tutors-in-Traing John Berthold Juli Baker Amanda Jiskra Kelly Schroeder
Our wonderful tutors have contributed their fondest memories and experiences from throughout their years at the Children’s Dyslexia Center, and allowed us to post them on our website for visitors to enjoy!
My most memorable tutoring moment was when I was teaching my first student that both “ge” and “dge” say the sound /j/ at the end of a word. I asked my student when she should spell a word with “dge” or “ge” , and she looked me dead in the eyes, slammed her hands down on the table, and screamed, ” I DON’T KNOW BUT I’M WILLING TO LEARN!”
I have been blessed with wonderful students while tutoring, and have had fun working with them. My most memorable tutoring moment was when I was given a thank you note from a parent explaining the change in her child after his time at the center. It brings tears to my eyes every time I read it, knowing what a difference we make.
One of the most rewarding aspects of being a tutor is seeing how what we are providing is building confidence and positive self-worth into our students, who often struggle not only with reading but also with feelings of shame, inadequacy, and failure. I will never forget when one of my first students, after persevering through almost two years of tutoring, finally was able to say “wait, I CAN get this”–and not just once, but twice during that day’s lesson. I knew we’d reached an important turning point, and actually teared up right there. Sure enough, this student started soaring after coming to this realization–and I will always be grateful for being part of making a difference in this student’s life.
It was Déjà vu all over again. In my last class I was covering another pair of diphthongs. When I mentioned that these two vowel teams were diphthongs and reviewed what diphthongs were, my student said, “Oh, yeah, we just studied these on Monday.” Sure lent credence to our program!
My next student came in and I had “Ebenezer Scrooge” in his review words. I asked if he had ever heard of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. He looked uncertain, so I reviewed a little about the story. “Oh, Dickens,” he said. “We just finished listening to this in class today.” Voila!!! Score! Back to back, no less.
I love seeing each student become more confident and more eager to read on their own. My most memorable tutoring moment was when a student told me, “I’ve gotten so much better at spelling and reading! I’m finally getting it!”
I love coming to see students make a great effort to learn and see their awesome personalities shining through.
I love seeing how much my students’ reading skills and confidence have grown.
Meet the Board Members
At the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin, we have an outstanding Board of Governors who work diligently to ensure the sustainability of our unique Center. Enjoy meeting our Board….
Heidi Olson, Board Member
Jeff Clark, Board Member
Tom Stevens, Board Member
You can contact Tammy, the Center Director, at (715) 598-4986 for additional information on becoming a certified tutor, receiving tutoring services for a child, volunteering at the Center, or contributing financially to the sustainability of the organization.
You can also stop by the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Upper Wisconsin at:
616 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54701
The Center is generally open Monday through Thursday 3:00pm-7:00pm.
Or by Email:
email@example.com ~ Director, Tammy T.
firstname.lastname@example.org ~ Administrative Assistant, Allie C.
email@example.com ~ Administrative Assistant, Kollette M.