About Us

The Dyslexia Center of Utah is a non-profit tutoring center. We strive to help those children struggling with reading, writing and spelling. At the Dyslexia Center of Utah we use multi-sensory methods that engage our students as we teach a systematic, concept based reading program. We integrate spelling rules as we teach phonograms in sequence with repetition and cater to the following modalities of learning: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. We offer private and group tutoring sessions.

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Why is there a need for the Dyslexia Center of Utah?

Statistics show that there are a proportionally large number of children who are dyslexic One in five students, or 15-20% of the population, has a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia is probably the most common of the language based learning disabilities.  These children are bright, intelligent students who often fail in school because they are not receiving the kind of instruction that will allow them to learn.

Dyslexia is a specific language-based learning disability, recognized and researched by the National Institute of Health and many other organizations.  It is an inherited condition.  Dyslexia ranges from mild to severe.

Research has shown that when dyslexic students receive the kind of instruction they need–multi-sensory, phonics-based instruction, they can keep up with (and often surpass) their peers in academic success.

Unfortunately, this kind of instruction is not available in public schools.  Most of the teachers in our area even special education teachers–are unequipped to help dyslexic students.  Most do not recognize the symptoms of dyslexia and do not have the training necessary to help these children.

As a result, bright students under-perform in their classes.  They struggle to read and to learn.  They experience embarrassment and humiliation. They are often labeled as “dumb” or “lazy.”  For these children, school means failure, and this failure greatly limits their future educational opportunities.

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What is the Dyslexia Center of Utah?

The Dyslexia Center of Utah is a non-profit tutoring center that specializes in instruction for children that struggle with reading, writing and spelling.

The director, Shelley Hatch have been privately tutoring students in Utah and Salt Lake County.  Mrs. Hatch has been running the Dyslexia Center of Utah for the last sixteen years and has tutored over 500 students. She has attended Orton-Gillingham based training programs.

How will the Dyslexia Center of Utah help Dyslexic Students?

At DCU each lesson consists of multi sensory methods that engage our students as we teach a  progress for each child as we move through our proven research-based program, which contains eight levels, and we frequently implement fluency drills to increase reading confidence and ability. Sight words are practiced in every lesson as well and we check for concept and mastery using dictation practices as well. Our students thrive in our positive learning environment and feel success as they are assessed only on concepts taught, and concepts build on each other beginning with basic vowel sounds continuing on digraphs, vowel pairs, and upper level morphology. We use multi-sensory methods that engage our students as we teach a systematic, concept based reading program. We integrate spelling rules as we teach phonograms in sequence with repetition and cater to the following modalities of learning: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. 

We have seen amazing results with our scope and sequence and methods we use
How will the Dyslexia Center of Utah benefit the community?

We believe that educating the parents and teachers in our community about dyslexia is key.  Many dyslexic students go undiagnosed because educators and parents do not know the symptoms of dyslexia.  Instead of getting appropriate help, many of these students make it to adulthood without understanding why they struggle to read and write.  Some end up succeeding in spite of their difficulties.  However, statistics show that a large number give up in school, drop out, and eventually end up in our prisons.

We believe that the Dyslexia Center of Utah will make an incredible, positive difference in the lives of those with dyslexia and struggling readers.

Thanks,
Shelley Hatch
(801) 756-1933
shatch@dyslexiacenterofutah.org

Shelley Hatch – Director of Dyslexia Center of Utah

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Shelley has been tutoring for the past Sixteen years.  She is two years Slingerland trained. She is trained in Slingerland (classroom adaptation of Orton-Gillingham) and uses this multi-sensory-kinesthetic approach with Alphabetic Phonics. Through this proven approach students will work on reading, spelling, handwriting, oral language, grammar and comprehension skills. Shelley has recognized that a Key missing factor with these struggling readers is their lack of phonemic awareness. One of her first main emphasis with her students is teaching the basic foundation for phonemic awareness skills. This training provides the foundation on which phonics instruction is built. This is a pre-requisite skill before children can learn to associate sounds with letters and manipulate sounds to blend words during reading (decoding), or segment words during spelling. Research indicates that 20% of children are affected by a lack of phonemic awareness. Shelley is currently the Vice President of the LDAU (Learning Disabilities Association of Utah).

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