Fundamental Learning Center Inc

Rating: 4.92 stars   51 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 917 S Glendale St Wichita KS 67218 USA

Mission: All children reading. All children succeeding.
Results: Fundamental Learning Center receives at least 7 calls a day from parents whose children have difficulty with letters, sounds, and learning to read. Drowning, these children agonize because they can’t read, they can’t comprehend, and they struggle to learn. Our assessor process provides a path for help.
Target demographics: We serve: 1.) Students that struggle in reading, writing, and spelling. Many of whom have been diagnosed as dyslexic. 2.) Teachers with professional development opportunities so they know how to teach reading, writing, and spelling to children who significantly struggle. and 3.) The parents of children who struggle through evening informational sessions, assessments, and resources for their child.
Direct beneficiaries per year: By training teachers, we have no way to measure the ripple effect of measuring the exact number of students that are helped each year.
Geographic areas served: We are currently seeing students that are struggling from all over the state of Kansas, as well as some from Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.
Programs: Fundamental Learning Center (FLC) offers proven research-based courses for educators, as well as, parents on “how to teach a child to read”.
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

My son was always a good student but struggled with English classes and writing assignments I was aware that he had tracking problems, dysgraphia, and ADD since I have a degree in education. Each year the battle for accommodations in public school got harder. One counselor in middle school even told me to stop asking for accommodations if I expected my son to go to college because he wouldn't get accommodations there. Particularly, some English teachers either did not want to grant accommodations or provide them once the IEP was signed. I truly felt like the educational cards were stacked against us. Initially, I turned to the Fundamental Learning Center, Inc. to ask if they could help me advocate for my sons rights for accommodations. The staff members I spoke with gave me the information and encouragement I needed to persevere in the IEP gauntlet. It was also suggested that it might be helpful to have my son formally evaluated. I was shocked when the results revealed he had dyslexia. How did I, an education major, not recognize he had dyslexia! The answer is, highly intelligent children compensate so well that many educators miss the signs of dyslexia. Also, public school doesn't want to accommodate students who aren't failing. That's why it is imperative that parents with educational concerns seek the kind of qualified, professional help offered by the Fundamental Learning Center, Inc. With their assistance, documentation, and encouragement,I was armed with irrefutable information that enabled me to fight for the necessary accommodations my son was entitled to. Also, the master's level course on teaching language skills that I took at the learning center enabled me to bring him up to grade level and beyond even though I was told he would probably never be able to have the same language skills as his peers. When my son enrolled in college, he was granted every single accommodation we asked for. This would not have happened without the help we received from the learning center. My son made straight A's the last two years of high school. He is now a senior at KU and still making straight A's in engineering. It's a good thing I didn't pay any attention to the idiot public school teacher who said my son was just too lazy to do his assignments. I know many other parents who got tired of fighting the system so they just gave up on I.E.P.s for their child. Without the help of the Fundamental Learning Center, Inc., I might have been one of them.

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I would make the Fundamental Learning Center, Inc. bigger. I would also like them to explore the possibility of school certification so students who are struggling in public school could take English courses through them for credit or online through them for credit. This would eliminate the accommodations battle.

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2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The strategies I learned through my class at the Fundamental learning center will be incredibly valuable for my students. The teachers were so passionate about what they were teaching which transferred to those of us in the class.

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2013

 
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Fundamental Learning Center helped me learn how to teach better. With Semple Math, Multi-Sensory Grammar and Spelling and Reading, I have tools that put learning literally into the hands of my students. It is a great place for education!

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Make it available to everyone and add more technology.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The service provided to educators in our area is unmatched! Thank goodness someone has picked up the torch and is lighting the way for all our amazing children who are wired differently, but have so much amazing-ness to offer. Educating the educators who hold the key to unlock this creativity is nothing short of a miracle. Thank you FLC!

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Life-changing

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2012

 
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I had tried different types of homeschool curriculum to help my daughter, but it wasn't until I went through the training to become a Literary Intervention Specialist that I began to understand what her issues were and how I could help her. While I was only able to use the early part of the program with her, I have continued to tutor other children and am amazed at the results. I have seen them go from barely being able to sound out a word to spelling and reading multi-syllable words. It is very rewarding to work with these children using this program and they do not get bored because of the multi-sensory aspect. I tell other parents my regret at not finding the Center earlier and urge them to be pro-active with their children at an early age. The staff at Fundamentals are top-notch and vested in the goal that all children be able to read fluently.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

 
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I have always had an interest in reading difficulties for students that I taught. There are many different programs that try to address this issue and during my career it seems I may have tried them all. However, it was not until I went to teach overseas that I could see teaching English reading and writing to Arabic students demanded a thorough knowledge of phonics. When I returned for a summer vacation I took a course in Alphabetic Phonics with what is now the Fundamental Learning Center. Oh, wow, I was totally lost when I first used this method of teaching students. I cannot tell you how helpful and patient the staff at FLC were with me! Since working there as one of their first therapists, I have taken a job working with students who have behavior and emotional issues in a special education setting. I have also done tutoring with other students not in my classroom. I cannot tell you how rewarding it is to see students make huge strides in reading and I always feel like I have performed this little "miracle". I have such faith in this program and regret that more students in regular education settings are not receiving this method of instruction. I am retiring from teaching this year and feel badly as I have a treasure trove of knowledge now that I wish I had had earlier in my career. It has been such a pleasure to use Alphabetic Phonics and see the growth of students. Donate and help others achieve that "miracle" work.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

 
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