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 and Eastern New Mexico for the purpose of training and assisting individuals with dyslexia.
Who are we?
The Scottish Rite Learning Center of West Texas, a charitable endeavor of the Lubbock Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, offers language training to students with dyslexia and graduate level therapist training for teachers of students with dyslexia.
No charges are made for the services of the Scottish Rite Learning Center of West Texas to students or their parents. The funding of the center is achieved through contributions from both masons and non-masons. Presently, a nominal tuition fee is charged for therapist training, but scholarships are available.
What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a serious learning disability that makes it difficult for children and adults to learn how to decode words, spell, and read words accurately and fluently. Dyslexic individuals often have difficulty “breaking the code” of sound-letter association (the alphabetic principle).
The International Dyslexia Association Research Committee and the National Institutes of Health adopted the following description of dyslexia as a working definition in April 2002. All statements within the definition have an empirical basis. The criteria specified in this definition are dynamic and subject to modification as new data become available.
Dyslexia is one of several distinct learning disabilities. It is a specific language-based disorder of constitutional origin characterized by difficulty in single word decoding, usually reflecting insufficient phonological processing abilities. These difficulties in single word decoding are often unexpected in relation to age and other cognitive and academic abilities; they are not the result of generalized developmental disability or sensory impairment. Dyslexia is manifested by variable difficulty with different forms of language, often including, in addition to problems reading, a conspicuous problem with acquiring proficiency in writing and spelling.
Contrary to what many think, dyslexia is not about reversing letters. Dyslexia is a neurological “glitch” and has nothing to do with a person’s IQ. In fact, many dyslexics display insightful, impressive talents for “thinking outside of the box.”
Dyslexics never outgrow dyslexia—reading and writing remain difficult throughout their life—but with specialized tutoring by a professional trained to work with dyslexics, they can manage print more effectively.
The good news is that students with dyslexia are learning to read, write, and spell in language training classes at the center. Students are taught by licensed dyslexia therapists using Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia, a multisensory, structured, sequential, phonetic-based curriculum purposely designed for students with dyslexia. Students age six through young adult who satisfy the entrance requirements are eligible to enroll in the program