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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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The thrill of watching children being able to actually process what they are reading is such a joy. Education is so important for a person to be healthy. Self esteem and self worth are all a part of being educated. This is so important for everyone in the family. thank you

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fundamental Learning Center and superbly trained teachers made all the difference for our son.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't know where my girls and I would be without the help of the very knowledgeable professionals at FLC! We would be struggling through school, not being very successful and not having any answers. They are always available with good advise and understanding for what is a very emotional issue!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Tara24

Client Served

Rating: 5

Unbelievable how much my daughter is finally blossoming! Before Fundamental Learning Center she was shutting down at school and NEVER wanted to go. Her teachers at school are already seeing a positive difference in her! She doesn't seem so frustrated! Thank you so much to Fundamental Learning Center!!!!!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is dyslexia and couldn't read before attending the FLC and now she can read.
This is a great place for children needing help with reading or math.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to work in the same organization with Jeanine Phillips over 10 years ago. Little did I know how it would be a life changing opportunity for me personally. As I continued to admire Jeanine's dedication and persistence to educating parents and the public about dyslexia, I soon found myself seeking, at the time, her newly founded organizations expertise for our own daughter. After successfully attending two years of Montessori Preschool and a year in Montessori Kindergarten in a private school, our daughter entered a traditional setting in First Grade. Within six months of First Grade she began having behavorial and non-compliant issues. We were advised it may be in our best interest to have our daughter tested for learning challenges. Fundamental Learning Center recommended Dr. Brian Stone for testing and our journey began with diagnosis of dyslexia, dysgraphia, and auditory processing issues. We transfered to our hometown public edcuation system in Andover, Kansas and immediately began early intervention as suggested by Dr. Brian Stone and Fundamental Learning Center. Having been exposed to Jeanine Phillips passion and attending various presentations of hers over the years, we probably had a better understanding of what we were faced with than most parents would have had at that time. From putting an R & L on our daughters respective hands as she learned to play basketball; to using coffee beans, sand, markers and paper to make visual props for learning to read and recognize letters; to labeling everything in the house so she could visually see how to spell the object; trace it with her finger; see it; touch it; read it; whatever it took to stimulate her love of learning; we embraced her creative learning style. Today our daughter is a successful 16 year old who enjoys life; embraces others and their differences and loves encouraging her friends to be the best they can be. Our fondest memory of this journey thus far will forever be finding various objects around our farm labeled in magic marker Mom's or Dad's as she determined what belonged to whom. Someone now owns a Dixon lawnmower we sold labeled "Dad's". Thank you Jeanine Phillips and Fundamental Learning Center for pushing for education and understanding of the creative and fascinating ability; Dyslexia. MichelleS

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wish I could put into words what the Fundamental learning center has done for my 3 sons, all of which have dyslexia and all have been through the Fundamental learning center. They can all read now and are doing fine in school thanks to the Fundamental learning center, but it did not stop there. We had alot of battles with usd 259 and the fundamental learning center was there with us every step of the way. I can tell you that I know my sons would not have made it this far without the help of the Fundamental learning center, report cards with A's all the time. Because the fundamental learning center taught my sons to read when the schools failed to. Thank you Fundamental learning center Thank you

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was struggling to read, fortunately for her the teacher had taken classes at FLC and knew the programs there could help her. We were connected with a tutor and the changes have been amazing! The informational programs give parents the tools to advocate for their children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I teach special education and struggled to find a proglearned about FLram to help my struggling readers. When I learned about FLC, I enrolled in their alphabetic phonics class. I was welcomed by the most loving and caring instructors. Over the years, I have experienced this caring over and over. They are truley an amazing bunch of folks who do great things for the struggling readers of Wichita.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For over 2 years my 9 year old son struggled to learn to read. Always a confident student and person, we began to see his self confidence decline. Several times I asked his classroom teachers and school administrators if he should be tested. Each time I was told no. However, shortly after he started 3rd grade we were told by his teacher that he was reading below 1st grade level and the school was at a "dead end" in knowing how to work with him. By chance I stumbled onto the Fundamental Learning Center and my son has been diagnosed with dyslexia. Through Alphabetic Phonics intervention tutoring he's now learning the skills needed to become a better reader. His stress and frustration levels have been greatly reduced and his self confidence is being rebuilt. The staff at FLC are extremely knowledgeable and supportive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has severe dyslexia, and if it hadn't been for the wonderful teachers trained at Fundamental Learning Center, she would not be reading. The public schools in our city refuse to use the research-based curriculum needed to teach a dyslexic to read. If I had not found Fundamental, I'm not sure what would have happened to her. However, with the right help, she is a successful young woman who recently completed her Associate Degree with a 3.6 gpa! Thank you Fundamental!!

Kandace J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Stephanie71

Client Served

Rating: 5

FLC saved my daughter and I from a very awful future. She struggled from the beginning of her eductaion and no one could tell me what was wrong with her...until we found FLC. Then it all made perfect sense. She got the remediation that she needed and went on to do great in school!! I owe FLC my and my daughters life. They truly care about the kids and parents. FLC works tirelessly to help all children become the best they can be. Thank you FLC.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fundamental Learning Center helped to identify my daughter's learning difference- dyslexia-and helped locate the proper tutoring technique that was necessary to enable her to gain confidence in herself and her ability to learn. FLC enlightened me of the genetic basis of dyslexia. I had my other 3 children tested for dyslexia and was able to get them started with their alphabetic phonics tutoring at an earlier age. The employees are always ready, willing and able to help when any questions or challenges arise!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Maria60

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this place! I thought my daughter's school issues were due to large class rooms in the public schools so I switched her to a Christian School where I was paying a ridiculous amount of tuition. After she was not improving even after being in the private school environment for 4 years, I had her tested. She was diagnosed with Dysgraphia and ADHD. When I went to the private school for help, they wanted to charge me $280 per month (on top of tuition already paid) to help her. Being a single mother, I was already making a HUGE sacrifice paying private school tuition, so the additional cost was not possible for me. I did some digging around and a good friend told me about Fundamental Learning Center (FUN LC). When I called them, they were helpful and were able to enroll her in their classes quickly. They are so good, in fact, that the private school I had my daughter in didn't even mention Fundamental LC's services to me even though they had trained all their own special education teachers at FUN LC!! They wanted all the money for themselves, of course. But when I got to FUN LC, I was notified of all the different ways I could pay and the cost was less than half what the private school wanted to charge me! I have since pulled my daughter from that greedy private school. She attends a public school and goes to FUN LC everyday after school for one hour. She has massively improved. Now that I don't have to spend half my paycheck on a greedy private school, I pay FUN LC their full tutoring fee...because I can now afford it AND because they deserve every penny of it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

If it wasn't for the Fundamental Learning Center and the wonderful teachers that have been trained in the program, my granddaughter would have been left behind another year in school. I'm truly grateful this agency exists and that there's a program/agency dedicated to help. It's very disturbing that the state or the Wichita school district refuses to acknowledge that dyslexia is a problem for so many kids. It’s also a blessing that the FLC offers summer tutoring to help the kids from becoming dormant over the summer months! My hopes are this agency expands and offers an office on the west side too!

Jennifer177

Client Served

Rating: 5

After several year of searching and struggling to find the cause of my son's extreme difficulties in school, we finally were given the diagnosis of severe dyslexia and dysgraphia. With that diagnosis came the recommendation to go to the Fundamental Learning Center (FLC). Our decision to go there was one of the best decisions we ever made. From the beginning, they have been a steady rock in the turbulent seas of helping a child with a learning difference. When, as a mother full of fears and questions for her child, I first called them, they were compassionate and helpful, taking the time to talk with me and answer my questions. When I decided to take the Literacy Intervention Specialist Training that the Center offers so I could work with my son, I received top-rate training. Even now, as I work full-time helping learning different children, I continue to receive encouragement and support from the FLC. I know that I can take any question that I have about my teaching to them and I will receive the help that I need. My son is now in 5th grade and is reading at grade level. I credit his success to the Fundamental Learning Center. They gave me the encouragement and skills I needed to help him.

2 Jo__8

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter, Brianna, was diagnosed with severe dyslexia and dysgraphia in 2008 due to close communication with her 1st grade teacher. Had I not gotten her tested per his suggestion, she would be failing miserably in school. Her medical diagnosis has provided her a 504 accommodation plan for schooling and I am proud to say that in 2011 she passed the KS State Reading Assessment with a score of 100%.

All children deserve the opportunity to be successful in school, but many go undiagnosed. Brianna hopes all children can get the assistance they need to be as successful as her.