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Causes: Education

Mission: We just say it. Dyslexia. All children reading...all children succeeding.

Results: Fundamental Learning Center has helped over 100,000 people through scientifically proven research-based methods of learning.

Target demographics: Educators, parents and students from all areas through our on-site training and distance learning services to teach children who struggle to read.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Educators, students and families all over the world.

Geographic areas served: Wichita, Kansas and the four state area as an educational resource for educators and parents to better teach children with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.

Programs: Alphabetic Phonics training for educators and parents that is a structured literacy curriculum that meets the requirements of The Kansas Dyslexia Task Force recommendations. There is also a private all-day interventional school for children who have dyslexia and other learning difficulties. Screenings for dyslexia and Information lectures about dyslexia and ADHD are provided.

Community Stories

99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

All teachers & staff were so helpful and kind to my daughter when she went through Fundamental Learning Center course,

She completed all the levels and did much better in public school.

We are so grateful for Fundamental Learning Center!

Donor

Rating: 5

Fundamental Learning Center in Wichita, KS is exemplary in every regard. In 2001 two dedicated women created this 501(c)(3) organization to help children with dyslexia learn to read. Until that time there was no help for such children in this area, nor even recognition by the Kansas school system that the condition was a learning disability. The two founders and other dedicated people worked tirelessly. As a result FLC expanded and taught reading skills to many children. While my children did not have this condition, I am dedicated to the financial support of FLC because of its tremendous effect on the quality of life of the children it serves. Each dollar donated is used in the most efficient way possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fundamental Learning Center is a very important part of my family's life. Before we found FLC my oldest son was struggling significantly in school. He was frustrated and angry and we were repeatedly told he was "not learning". After almost a year of testing and specialists we found FLC and discovered that he is profoundly dyslexic and dysgraphic. He has been attending Ralph Literacy Academy at FLC for 4 years now and the changes we have seen are astounding. He is himself again - happy, confident, positive. He started 4 years ago not knowing his letters or sounds and today he is confidently reading books like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. Through FLC we have not only found a place for our son to learn, but have learned so much ourselves through their classes and workshops -- we are better parents because of FLC! I was hesitant at first to believe there was something "wrong" with my son, but FLC showed me his strengths & his talents and I will forever be grateful to them for this.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Fundamental Learning Center is one of the main reasons why I am where I am today. I was a 2nd grader who hated school and didn't understand why it was so hard. I was unable to read and my mom looked for help. She found The Fundamental Learning Center. I went through the process many kids go through today. I was screened for dyslexia and found a tutor. I went through the Alphabetic Phonics program and learned to read and become a successful learner. As I got older, I knew I wanted to help kids just like me. I graduated with my Elementary Education Degree and received Alphabetic Phonics training at FLC. I am now a reading and math teacher at The Darrell and Dee Rolph Literacy Academy and help many kids just like myself find their strengths and overcome their challenges. I am thankful for The Fundamental Learning Center for the role they have had in my life as a child and as an adult.

Donor

Rating: 5

A teacher trained by FLC saved my son’s life. She recognized he was struggling to read and why. Early intervention, starting in 1st grade, changed the course of his life. FLC also educated us on navigating the system, how to ask for and qualify for accommodations. He got a perfect score on the ACT Reading Test and is a college graduate. We are forever grateful and thankful.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I grew up in Wichita and graduated from East High School.

While in graduate school at Texas Woman’s University in the early eighties, I was asked to tutor students who learned differently. After graduation, I learned about a new group of teachers in Dallas, called Certified Academic Language Therapists (CALTS). They were being trained to work with Dyslexic students, who were extremely bright and creative, but had difficulty with reading, spelling, writing and learned differently from most students in school.

I earned certification as an Academic Language Therapist from Southern Methodist University and worked with Dyslexic students for twenty seven years.

When I would visit my friends in Wichita years ago, many of whom were teachers, I was told the Kansas school districts didn’t have Language Therapists who could work with Dyslexic students. Years later, at an Academic Language Therapy Conference in Dallas, I met Jeanine Phillips, from Wichita, and she told me about The Fundamental Learning Center, which she and Gretchen Andeel had founded.

My husband and I visited Wichita and toured The Fundamental Learning Center, and we were very impressed. It was such a joy to see the children interacting with the teachers and having fun learning in different, creative ways. Now, I’m SO proud to be able to tell friends all over the country about The Fundamental Learning Center in Wichita. I highly recommend it as a leader in developing children with Dyslexia into students who enjoy learning and using their talents to better the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

It feels great to give to this organization. FLC does a wonderful job sharing their story, so you know the impact you're having on kids' lives. The stories are so powerful, and you truly understand how you can help change the trajectory of kids lives by helping them learn to read, write and spell. You're helping "unlock their superpowers!"

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a retired teacher, I saw children who struggled to learn to read every day, and parents who were desperate to help them. It has been 20 years since I took that first training in Alphabetic Phonics. I worked with children of all different ages in regular education settings, juvenile detention facilities, emotionally disturbed centers, and alternative schools. I continued to take courses from Fundamental Learning Center in order to meet the varied needs of children who were struggling with many problems and trying to learn to read. It was wonderful to have tools to actually help these students. I will always remember the girl who thought there was no hope for learning to read when she hugged me and said thank you for helping her read.
I cannot say enough good things about the Fundamental Learning Center and their program to help others teach students to learn to read. May they continue to give to others for many more years.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The public school couldn't tell me why our smart son wasn't learning to read. Finally a friend told us about FLC when he was in fourth grade and we knew what he needed! I took the training and started tutoring him and things finally started making sense for him, he finally became a reader.
Unfortunately he is severely dyslexic and because we started intervention so late, he only reads at a sixth grade level even after years of private tutoring. Obviously this limits his job choices as an adult now and I mourn that we were not able to give him what he needed beginning as a kindergartner. Research shows this would have made a difference in his progress.
We are full supporters of FLC and what they are doing for children and to train teachers and therapists here in the mid-west. Our children are our future!

Client Served

Rating: 5

FLC means the world to our family! I trained and used my training with students and now am using it with my own kids! My son was blessed to attend this school and it literally allowed him to shine! He is a different kid because of the people and the amazing staff/teachers/techniques that he has encountered there! We can’t praise them enough!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization never has a day when some child, parent, or teacher isn’t positively affected by their help. If you ever need a lift, stop by and visit...you will be so impressed by atmosphere!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Fundamental Learning Center has provided instruction to help us teach students and now our grandchildren how to read, write and spell in the face of each having profound dyslexia. Their community outreach and resources to thousands of Academic Language Therapists in our community, our state and now across the nation, has been outstanding at every turn. They themselves have taught many of those teachers. The teaching staff at their Rolph Literacy Academy also taught our oldest grandson through a two year period, and with additional Academic Language Therapist's help he is enjoying reading like a champ at 10 years of age.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We discovered FLC On the recommendation of a teacher who had attended their training. What we found was not just information but help for our entire family. Though it was my son with dyslexia, FLC supported us all through assessments, navigating the a way for success in the academic world, as well as seminars and professional training for me as a parent. Staff members didn't just "tell" us what was needed, but lived it and walked alongside us through each step. I can not express my gratitude for this group of committed individuals for changing our lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for FLC and their work for families everywhere. We first experienced their support after our son was assessed there, and they have continued to provide my entire family with a world of resources! They deeply understand the needs of children with learning differences and work to help others (families, educators, schools, governmental organizations, and other nonprofits) connect to the tools necessary to support all children. From The Sound Case to Alphabetic Phonics instruction to workshops, they have forged an incredible network of collaborators to provide a wrap-around approach to educating youth today.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fundamental Learning Center has significantly helped my daughter and us as parents in coping with her learning difference! I would highly recommend FLC to parents looking for assistance and answers in understanding dyslexia. They have a supportive and welcoming staff/community to help!

Client Served

Rating: 5

RLA and FLC has given our children a gift that is priceless. If your child is struggling to read get them assessed the first time the teacher mentions it. Do not wait and see. The best time to teach a child to read is when they are learning to read, not after failing in front of their peers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutely love this place! We came in from Webb City, Mo in October 2017 to have them screen our son. We loved everyone we met. They are very knowledgeable and sensitive to our situation. We felt at ease and very respected, everything we asked was answered fully and without hesitation. I loved what they are doing there, so I am now taking the Literacy Intervention Specialist courses. LOVE THEM!

1 Ashley Broeckelman W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am most grateful to have had the chance to spend some time learning more in depth about dyslexia and how I can be of help to my students. It was truly an eye opening experience, one that I will never forget.

Board Member

Rating: 5

A marvelous organization devoted to improving the lives of students, families, teachers, and the work force of Wichita. Dyslexia is a medical issue impacting 20% of the population, including my family. With the help of FLC and staff we have been able to send our daughter on an independent life style, being an income producer, and providing a significant impact to young children all the while still being impacted by a profound case of dyslexia. Teachers that see young students each day need to understand the huge talents present inside these students and not just pass off their reading slowness by saying "just try harder". There is a solution and FLC has it. Thanks Wayne

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a parent of a dyslexic child (now adult), we have experienced the tutoring and family support that has allowed our child to move forward with confidence, persistence, and being an advocate for herself. Without this level of commitment by the FLC, our lives as parents and our child's life would be materially less independent than they now are. The FLC commitment to expand the potential and vision of families and teachers who are impacted by individuals with dyslexia continues to "reach for the sky" to improve, teach, and bring value to our society.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fundamental Learning Center is an awesome organization. FLC provided both of my boys amazing dyslexic assistance. Without a doubt, we'd up pretty much be up the proverbial creek without a paddle but for their assistance. Many thanks and much appreciated.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FCL changes lives. Both of my boys have dyslexia and without FLC’s assistance – well, I’d be up the proverbial creek without a paddle. Thank-you FLC for all that you do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia at the end of her 3rd grade year. She had been struggling with reading for years and was getting help at school, yet it didn't seem to really be improving her skills. We had never explored getting her tested,or the possibility of her being dyslexic, before learning more about the Fundamental Learning Center. It was recommended by a friend. We are so thankful we were able to get her into the summer program and on the right path for success in reading and learning effectively. It was so enlightening to attend a lecture to better understand dyslexia, myths vs. facts and how to advocate for our daughter and best support her. She has shown improvements already in reading, it's impressive how effective the curriculum is. We are so thankful for the FLC!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Without this amazing school my daughter would not know how to read! Now she is confident, happy and her unique skills are appreciated at Fundamental Learning Center.

Client Served

Rating: 5

FLC and RLA provide hope to families. RLA is the only school in KS specifically designed to teach kids with dyslexia. The school has changed our lives and provides a method of learning that supports our son’s learning strengths and weaknesses. The staff is amazing and they all provide encouragement and support for both the students and parents. For those unable to attend the school, the support of FLC is amazing. I’m so grateful for its ability to educate parents and teachers about dyslexia and how to educate our kiddos with this learning difference/gift. FLC provides support for parents who feel lost by having short and very informative evening lectures. For individuals who want to take things a step further, FLA trains individuals in things such as Alphabetic Phonics. We are forever grateful for FLC and RLA.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FLC and Rolph Literacy Academy have been a blessing to our family. Not only have they helped to educate me about dyslexia, they've helped to teach my dyslexic son to read. The facility is full of friendly and knowledgeable staff that are willing and excited to help us through our journey. We are forever grateful for this facility and I'm not sure where we'd be without it. I have recommended this facility to many who have children or family members who have shown struggles with reading.

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Erin Kaltenbach B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t imagine how much harder our journey would have been without FLC. They have been our go to source of info and help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Fundamental Learning Center Inc. is a phenomenal resource and support for parents and teachers of dyslexic students who are in the homeschool/private/public education system. It has helped us find our way to teach our daughter learn how to read. This organization is non-profit so they are here to help!

I was trained at FLC to teach her Alphabetic Phonics, an Orton-Gillingham method, so we can homeschool our daughter. But after a year, we decided it was worthwhile to send her to Rolph Literacy Academy, a school for dyslexic students (5-9 yrs). It has only been 8 weeks and we have noticed our daughter blossom; from being afraid to go to school to being excited for school. She now runs toward the school doors and can tell me everything about her day.

As a parent, the staff at FLC continue to teach me many things about overcoming challenges that come with dysleixa.

The FLC is the only place in Wichita where you will find a school (RLA) for children, training center, resource center, and support group for parents of dyslexic children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two years ago we found out that my son has Dyslexia. We are very lucky to live in Wichita with the Fundamental Learning Center as they have made our lives better. We started by taking parent education classes so that we could help our son to learn and quickly transitioned to having him attend the school there. They have changed his life and ours for the better by making a difficult situation easy. We will continue to use and support FLC long after my son stops attending their school as we have learned what a valuable service they provide to the community without most ever knowing about them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I discovered Fundamental Learning Center, I had no idea two of my four children had dyslexia. I only knew they struggled with reading. Since having my kids assessed at FLC, major changes have occurred in both of their lives. My son heard for the first time in his life that he was intelligent while meeting with the in-house licensed psychologist. Because of his dyslexia diagnosis, he was able to get accommodations in school, and now for the first time he has all As and Bs. My daughter is going through a tutoring program that is improving her spelling and reading fluency. Life-changing is an understatement. The staff has gone out of their way to help us with navigate school with dyslexia. The people at FLC are truly there to help kids learn. For my family, FLC has been the answer to our prayers.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a reading specialist in a public school for 16 years, but have only felt like a “specialist” since attending trainings at FLC. Even though the struggling readers in my school receive quality instruction, some still are not successful readers. After years of trying many strategies to teach reading to incompetent readers without adequate success, I decided to start my training in Alphabetic Phonics at the Fundamental Learning Center. Since the introductory AP class two years ago, my reading instruction has been revolutionized! I am overjoyed that I now feel completely equipped to teach struggling students how to read!

The staff at FLC is INCREDIBLE. I cannot say enough about their knowledge, expertise, and professionalism. In addition, the support and care they give AP instructors is phenomenal. I can call/text/email any time with a question and they respond quickly with an answer. I look forward to spending time every summer with my FLC family!

Thank you Fundamental Learning Center for equipping me to be the best reading specialist I can be. The skills I have learned from you allow me to positively impact my students for life!

Sarah H.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I first heard about the work the Fundamental Learning Center was doing, I had to check it out. It quickly became the first resource I would give to parents when they had a child that struggled with reading and showed dyslexic tendencies.

Shortly afterwards, I chose to become more educated myself by taking their first Literacy Intervention Specialist class. As a professional educator, it is easy to say that this was the most educational, beneficial, research-based course I have taken in regards to teaching students how to become a strong reader.

The staff at FLC are always kind, friendly, and helpful. Their passion for helping kids and educating others shines brightly and is very contagious. I am thrilled to be a part of their work as they spread kindness and education to educators and families affected by dyslexia. They are amazing!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was feeling discouraged, isolated and lost with my sons reading issues. I knew, in my core that he was dyslexic but no one believed me or thought it was too much of an issue. Dyslexia became either a "bad" word or if he was, it wasn't a big deal.
Then we walked into FLC and our lives have changed forever! The entire staff are loving, attentive and supportive people who truly care for all children. They stand by you every step of the way. My son has thrived since his assessment, summer reading camps, alphabetic phonics and being surrounded by people who understand his "super power."
I will forever be greatful to FLC! They truly are doing amazing things in our community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

FLC was amazing. Our son was showing signs for years that he struggled in school. His teacher referred us to FLC and we tested him. He is dyslexic and is now getting the help he needs to learn and grow. We would never have guessed or known how to help him on our own. We are so grateful for FLC!!!

1 Katie S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

FLC has been instrumental in helping my daughter with dyslexia. Both their teacher training program and their full-day school are exceptional. They are professional, knowledgeable, and always go above and beyond. I don’t know what we would have done without them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

A mother usually knows. In our case, my intuition that my son's subtle reading issues resulted in a trip to FLC. We live in a rural area, our school wanted to be helpful. Yet, like many districts, we had to follow a protocol. Fearful our 8 yr old would be discouraged by the long wait, we made an appointment. A good friend recommended FLC. We had an appointment a week later. We had an answer in 2 hours. And support immediately.If we had waited, we would have waited over two months and the State of KS doesn't even evaluate for dyslexia. So we would have been desperately behind. It was a gift to find out so quickly and a few weeks later my son loved school again!

Terretta Bethel H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

FLC came to my daughter and I at exactly the right time! This place, and all its employees, have gone above and beyond to assist me in helping my daughter navigate through dyslexia. Regardless of how big or how small my questions have been, they are always there to offer guidance and support! And it goes beyond the academics...these women have become my extended family; offering emotional support, as well, when some days the challenges seem to weigh me (as a parent) down! I have seen the Alphabetic Phonics work in my own daughter, and I have had the privilege of teaching other students, as well...IT WORKS! It is not your every day phonics program, and the women of FLC are not your every day teachers. They are truly incredible!! I would highly recommend FLC to anyone whose child is struggling with reading!

Marietta2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The programming for teachers and students alike is science-based and provided in an enriching and fun environment. I don't know what we'd have done with FLC and it's staff.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They know their stuff! Our son was identified by his 2nd grade teacher as possibly being dyslexic. She suggested we have our son tested at the Fundamental Learning Center to confirm/deny her suspicions. He was tested by Dr. Brian Stone at the Center. He was found to be severly dyslexic and dysgraphic. Dr. Stone's report, though, was a true turning point for our child's self-esteem. Dr. Stone identified our son's learning differences but he also identified the brilliant spacial awareness and problem-solving skills our son posesses (these traits aren't measured on standardized testing.) We feel so fortunate that our son's teacher was trained to identify dyslexia after taking classes at the Center. I can't imagine where he would be now self-esteem-wise and academically if we would have continued down the traditional learning road. Our son has benefitted from summer sessions with the Center (he refers to it as the "Fun Center" because he had such a great experience at the Center) and several years of after-school help by tutors trained through the Center. We've also taken advantage of seminars such as the "Dyslexic Techies" series which helped to make us aware of technological helps for dyslexic students. Our son is now a 7th grader with nearly all A's in a traditional school setting. I want to stress the critical roll the Center has played in our son's academic success and improved self-esteem. Thank you.