The mission of the Scottish Rite Learning Center of West Texas is to establish, maintain and promote the premier dyslexia education program in West Texas, the Panhandle, and Eastern New Mexico for the purpose of training and assisting individuals with dyslexia.
Scottish Rite Learning Center
Of West Texas
Dyslexia Therapist Training Center
IMSLEC Recognized School
dys = trouble | lexia = with words
a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
The Scottish Rite Learning Center of West Texas (SRLCWT) opened in 1975 as a learning center for students with dyslexia. Dr. Lena W. Waters, the first director, had received language therapist training in the Language Laboratory at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas. On November 3, 1975 she began teaching one student in the Alphabetic Phonics Curriculum. This student was the first of many students to receive language training at the West Texas Learning Center. In September of 2003, the SRLCWT began teaching the Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia curriculum. The Take Flight curriculum was written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). It builds on the success of the three previous dyslexia intervention programs: Alphabetic Phonics, the Dyslexia Training Program and TSRH Literacy Program. It is a scientifically evidence-based, multisensory structured, sequential, phonetic-based curriculum specifically designed for the student with dyslexia. The classes are taught by Certified Academic Language Therapists. Students attend Monday-Thursday for one hour each day for two to two and a half years. No student has ever been charged for attending the Center. The funding of the West Texas Learning Center is achieved through contributions from both Masons and non-Masons.