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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

100 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Fundamental Learning Center is the only organization in Kansas that does assessments and follows through with research based teaching where dyslexic children can thrive in a learning environment.
Hundreds of teachers in Kansas and other states have attended training to take advantage of the opportunities offered to teach children to read. The staff is an outstanding group of people who care deeply.
This organization is life changing for children, parents and teachers.

Brian157

Board Member

Rating: 5

Flc brings a clear focus on helping children read using proven educational techniques. It is A bright spot for reading and multisensory education in any state or community - but this is especially so in Kansas, where dyslexia is not recognized by our educational system. FLC helps children and teachers navigate the unfamiliar, unsteady and confusing path that dyslexia presents. Their impact is tremendous - in the lives of individuals and across the community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fundamental Learning Center is a wonderful resource in Wichita for children who have dyslexia. They have helped my son since the 3rd grade and he is doing wonderfully in his school, now 6th grade.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Fundamental Learning Center is an amazing facility with even better people. You will never find more hospitable, friendly, educated, and inspiring people than the women who work at the FLC. The environment they have established is so encouraging and I am so thankful to have been given the opportunity to begin my Take Flight journey with them. I HIGHLY recommend this center to anyone who is wanting to learn more about Dyslexia.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome organization. My wife and boys have been extremely blessed by Fundamental Learning Center. Gang -- Keep up the great that you've begun.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When 1 out of 5 people/students have some form of dyslexia and struggle to read, it is hard to understand how this topic is not a top priority of ALL school systems and ALL colleges that are graduating new teachers. Thanks to the Fundamental Learning Center, training is available to teachers that will benefit ALL students. I became passionate about this organization when our dyslexic son benefited greatly from tutoring using research-based methods taught at the Fundamental Learning Center.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have seen young struggling readers blossom into confident, positive children thanks to Fundamental Learning Center and its teachings of an Orton-Gillingham based instructional approach to reading, writing and spelling. FLC provides this methodology to parents, teachers and individuals wanting to help those struggling readers. Its new school, Rolph Literacy Academy, is working directly with students who have experienced limited success in a traditional classroom setting. RLA students beam with the thrill of learning in a multisensory fashion -- the approach which suits their learning patterns best. FLC is a Godsend to all who walk through its doors!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FLC is the ONLY place in south central Kansas that provides comprehensive evaluation & then research based, proven interventions for people with the common learning difference dyslexia. I am so glad they're here to serve this community and state, because there is a huge lack statewide of these services.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year was my grandsons first year at Fundamental Learning Center. He came from the public school system where there was "No time" for his special needs. Having dyslexia, he just does things differently. What a change after only three months! FLC has caring teachers who are trained to help these kids learn. Small classes of 4 or 5 give them the attention they need to learn. They do things differently here and the results are amazing! My grandson starts second grade this year and I am so proud of him and all he has achieved with FLC's Help. This is a wonderful school!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am working in my fifth year as an Academic Language Therapist overseas. FLC changed my life! It not only equipped me to help my own children, but to help other students and parents who have limited resources in an international setting. Thank you for the hands on, practical training, modeling and resources that have in turn helped many children learn to love to read!

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

I grew up in Wichita, but now live overseas and work in an International school. Last year I took a teacher training course and applied all I learned to my three children plus seven others. This summer I came back to Wichita to continue my training and I learned so much!

Because of the training I have received at Fundamental Learning Center, I am the dyslexia expert in the country I live. The classes I have taken at FLC have not only impacted our family, but the way people view this learning difference in our host culture. The gift of helping kids reach their potential keeps on giving. Thank you for touching countless lives!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Just completed my training at Fundamental Learning Center. What a wonderful facility! Stop what you are doing and take any class you can here!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Fundamental Learning Center is an amazing facility and an invaluable asset to Wichita and the surrounding communities. After completing the introductory Alphabetic Phonics course I feel powerful, armed with resources and knowledge to help my son who is both dyslexic and dysgraphic. I am excited to continue my education with instructors and staff who have a wealth of experience and a passion for helping kids (and their parents) succeed!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Forever grateful I had my child tested here at Fundamental.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter began school at the Right Literacy Academy at the Fundamental Learning Center last summer. She has grown in amazing ways. Before she went she could barely read any words at all and was very frustrated and disappointed in herself. Now she can read a lot and has so much self confidence that it is a complete change. She goes to school every day eagerly and excited to learn. The environment at her school is just amazing. The teachers are kind and thoughtful and teach to the kids abilities and talents, in addition to helping them with what they struggle with, which is generally reading, math, spelling and other things that are language- related. Before finding the Fundamental Learning Center, my daughter was constantly frustrated and disappointed and had very low self- esteem. Now she has done a complete 180. She is happy, excited, and loves to learn. She loves math and is good at reading at her level. She has made friends that are peers that understand her struggles and vice versa. It is the very best learning environment possible for my child, & I am ever grateful to have found them. in addition, they also offer free parent classes to educate parents about their child's disorder and how to help and support and advocate for them. They also teach teachers how to teach children with dyslexia, which only improves our city's ability to help these children to learn. They are creating a web of people who are supportive and understand the disability and gift that dyslexia brings to all children and how these children are special and will change the world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing. Fundamental knows its stuff and the instructors and staff truly care. I would recommend anyone concerned about their child's school performance, particularly in reading, to bring their child in for an assessment. If you have means to, attend their classes too - you will learn how to help your kid!

Amy_223

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son attends their school. It's been life changing. His self esteem has improved, he LOVES going to school everyday & loves his teachers and has even learned all of his classmates first names. Watching him learn to write in cursive & watching him discover the world of reading & learn to love it and not fear it... Leaves me speechless. They Change lives at Funsamentl Learning Center & Right Literacy Academy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

FLC provided testing which helped us and our son understand his wonderful strengths and determine areas he may need help with. We can't wait until he starts school at RLA next fall where he can continue to grow in his area of strengths while getting support for areas he needs strengthened.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter is highly intelligent but severely dyslexic. When she was young, her inability to learn how to read when others were easily learning was devastating to her. Several years passed, and dyslexia put her in a box of lost potential she couldn't escape from. Then we found out about Fundamental Learning Center. Through the wonderful, loving, and effective tutors there, she was able to learn to read and enjoy life again. Watching her blossom and burst out of that box of dyslexia was a joy that can't even be put into words. Fundamental Learning Center is the reason my daughter not only succeeds, but exceeds her enormous potential. I can never thank them enough for giving my daughter her life back.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Fundamental Learning Center has been an amazing resource for our son who is dyslexic and dysgraphic. The progress he has made there in the last 18 months is incredible!! The knowledgable, caring and supportive staff is amazing!! The service and guidance they provide is phenomenal. They have truly altered the course of his life by providing him the instruction he needs and helping him to build a strong sense of self and pride in who he is and how he learns.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cannot thank FLC enough for the service and guidance they have given me for my child!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been affiliated with Fundamental Learning Center since its beginning. I was the Director of Operations for 18 months and am now serving my second term on the Board. FLC has been and continues to be the answer for so many children who are struggling to learn to read, write and spell. Parents who have sought answers to their children's inability to read, are relieved when they finally get help for their children at FLC.

Last year, FLC "upped the ante" to provided much-needed service to struggling readers when it opened "Right Academy", a school for these students. This initiative continues to gain momentum as the school's enrollment tripled this year.

I intend to stay connected to FLC as long as I'm physically and mentally able.

Brownsugar1414

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I agreed to come on the Board of Directors of the Fundamental Learning Center, Inc., Wichita, KS in January 2014. I had very little knowledge of the work of the corporation but after learning of their mission, I agreed to a 3 year term on the Board. I was informed that I would need to serve on one committee. After three months, I found myself on four committees, Executive, Finance, Governance, and Facilities Development. I chair the Facilities Development Committee.

During this short period of time, I have found that Jeanine Phillips, Executive Director has an enormous passion to serve the 5-8 year old children that are dyslexic and have a severe problem of reading, writing, and spelling. That passion has been very addictive to her staff as they too are highly committed to serve these young people. The teaching staff also are committed to training teachers, from the public and private schools, to teach young children in their own classrooms.

The majority of the Board of Directors are Mothers or Fathers of dyslexic children. I bring a different prospective to the Board in that I was Vice President for Administration and Finance at Wichita State University for 45 years and Senior Vice President for another 5 years prior to my retirement. Given my 50 years as an administrator I have experienced various degrees of passion for individual performances and I would place the FLC staff at the top of the class for the passion that is shown for their respective assignments. Without reservation, I would request the highest rating possible for this organization.

Roger D. Lowe, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, and
Vice President Emeritus
Wichita State University
Home 316.634.2060
Cell 316.644.9408
roger.lowe@wichita.edu

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the board of Fundamental Learning Center for five years now and my passion for teaching children with dyslexia to read continues to grow. My own educational background is both teaching and school psychology. I taught for several years before starting a long career as a school psychologist. I worked both positions within our local public school district where these special children continue to fail in the acquisition of even basic reading skills. The methods of instruction taught to teachers at Fundamental Learning Center are very solid and grounded in research. The survival of this organization is critical. Much work has been done, but much work still lies ahead. These children are our future. We cannot fail them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The FLC is such an amazing resource for those who struggle with reading. They offer a wide variety of help and the staff goes to great lengths and self sacrifice out of their compassion for people. FLC helped define the problems my son was having and offered several different options to get him the assistance he needed. I opted to do the training to help him myself and have found the classes to be engaging and the program to be exactly what he needed. I have been impressed with how hard all the staff works for the benefit of the people they serve.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was trained as a reading therapist by the founder of Fundamental Learning Center. I used that training to work with language learning different students (mainly dyslexic) for 17 years. The thrill of seeing a non-reader become a reader by using the Orton-Gillingham based program that FLC offers is immeasurable. The founder and director of FLC is a truly dedicated and tireless advocate for children struggling to read, write and spell. Fundamental Learning Center is definitely an oasis in a desert of
misguided reading instruction techniques.


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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took classes at FLC to be able to tutor my grandson. The instructors at FLC are excellent and very committed to helping each and every one perform to the highest level possible. After two years my grandson is reading at his grade-level and has an excellent vocabulary!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great resource! Individuals that feel lost or alone while trying to help their child or student with dyslexia should come here.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are so fabulous (as are all their former and current employees), I still commute between Wichita and San Diego. Words cannot express our gratitude!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has had trouble in a "traditional" school since Kindergarten. We signed her up for the Right Lab Academy school this summer, and we saw a dramatic difference in her attitude toward school immediately. "It is FUN!" she would say when I would pick her up each day. She is involved in multi-sensory learning all day--which means that she is not sitting at a desk doing worksheets, but moving about and learning with all of her senses. She has had a lot of trouble learning to read, which is why we signed her up, but I feel that the total experience of the school is going to be much more suited to her learning style. We have only had six weeks or so of experience so far, but I am excited to see where the rest of the school year goes and how much she begins to learn and grow with her "peers", of which she sees as her equals. She no longer fears learning or being made fun of because she does not "understand". The other children are learning just like her, and it is difficult for all of them. This makes it a better experience for each of them, as they can grow together in a safe learning place where they are nourished and not put down.

Client Served

Rating: 2

I had my daughter evaluated in June, It's Aug. and I have yet to receive her evaluation. I also called and left a message inquiring and have never heard back. I think this is out of the norm because I've heard positive feedback from other parents.

Client Served

Rating: 4

We found out last fall that two of our grandchildren have dyslexia, and my daughter and son-in-law immediately wanted to get them the tutoring they needed. It was decided that I would go get the training to become their tutor. I began the process by taking Reading Readiness at the Fundamental Learning Center last fall. The boys have already made progress, and I'm now very excited to use the further training I got this late winter to begin tutoring them using Alphabetic Phonics. Implementing this multi-sensory approach to learning to read, in a systemic, precept upon precept manner is both a fun and successful way to learn to read. The Fundamental Learning Center is making a big difference in children's lives, both in their present and their future. I feel privileged to be a part of this process in my grandsons' lives, and whomever else I may tutor in the future. Thank you, Fundamental Learning Center; the teachers there are great, helpful, and very encouraging to all.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The information that I learned at the Fundamental Learning Center has given me a new direction! I have been involved in education for 20 years and have never felt as if I was adequately prepared to teach students to read. With the training I received at the Fundamental Learning Center I will now be able to help all of the students I teach become successful readers. This training should be mandatory for all educators at every level, I wish it hadn't taken me so long to find this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been in education for 27 years now. I have attended many conferences, trainings and classes. I have to say this was by far, the most informative, organized, and well taught class I have ever attended. To have this information taught to every educator would be so beneficial for all of our students, not just those with dyslexia. Our instructors are experts in their field and delivered the information in an understandable fashion. Well done Fundamental Learning Center!
Janet Ralston

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a teacher I have experienced many training situations. I have often questioned the validity and necessity of those training experiences. This was NOT the case, however, at Fundamental Learning Center. I received knowledge and tools that I can use immediately in my classroom. It was one of the best educational experiences I have ever had! It will help me to be a better teacher; however, it will do so much more for my students!