Avon-by-the-Sea Learning Disabilities

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Empowered Learning Transformation Centers

Reading Center Towards Literacy for All

What we do-

Test: people of all ages to identify learning disabilities

Tutor: individuals with specially trained therapists

Train: educators to use the Orton-Gillingham approach

Talk: to communities to raise awareness about dyslexia

Teach:  study skills sessions for middle and high school students

Trend: an extensive lending library with specialized materials


An Educational Evaluation

•Builds self understanding

•Stops the self blaming for learning failure

•Provides information to develop educational strategies


To serve our families, we offer three levels of testing. Each is designed to meet a specific need.

Full Educational Evaluation         

Abbreviated Educational Evaluation        

Reading Readiness Assessment


Full Educational Evaluation provides comprehensive testing, review of previous testing information, an extended conference with the evaluator, and a written report for students. This evaluation is appropriate for students from the middle of first grade through adults.  The written report is a valuable tool that can be used for working with schools or employers for accommodations or extra support.  Families also find it valuable for future referencing and documentation. More Abbreviated Educational Evaluation will provide information to determine if the Orton-Gillingham approach is likely to be useful in helping the student.  For those who go on to enroll in tutoring at the Empowered Learning Transformation Centers, the information collected is very useful information for the tutor to be effective and efficient.  The family will have an opportunity to discuss findings with the tester; however, no written report or documentation beyond the test score profile will be provided for the family. More.      Reading Readiness Assessment is for emergent readers ages 4-years to middle of first grade. Although these age appropriate, brief tests are not diagnostic for dyslexia, these standardized assessments can help determine whether a child is "at risk" of reading problems.


Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological 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 the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.


Reading is complicated.  Many areas in the brain must communicate with each other to read.  The brain must take in, store and process language information.  When all the areas work together, a person understands and remembers what is read.


     Dyslexia is when some areas in the brain are not communicating properly.  Some individuals need to be taught in very specific ways to help coordinate the language functions to become a successful reader.


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