Dyslexia Institutes of America was founded in 1997 by Dr. Elaine B. Jett, a graduate of the University of Illinois with a doctorate in early childhood education and a minor in reading and psychology. Dr. Jett, author of three basic reading programs for Sylvan Learning Systems, recognized a problem in the clients she observed as owner of her three Sylvan Learning Centers. These students, in spite of the outstanding educational programs offered by Sylvan, were not successful. These students did not match the growth of others in the program, and often failed to achieve even minimal success with their academic plan.
By observation, study, and research with actual clients, Dr. Jett was able to develop a program which successfully diagnosed and treated dyslexics in a clinical setting.
Selection of the actual test battery began with investigation into common characteristics exhibited by dyslexic individuals. A total of 12 different tests were selected. Materials were then designed and purchased to remediate the skills tested. Design and specific application of the materials and their correlation with the actual tests has been an ongoing process from 1997 to present.
Client reevaluation scores on the test battery (administered after every 48 hours of therapy) have shown significant improvement in both cognitive processing skills and phonological acquisition. (statistics are available here.)
Clients graduating from the individualized dyslexia program at the clinic are functioning well in the school atmosphere, able to cope with homework and class assignments. Parents report that their children are reading for pleasure and enjoying school for the first time. Many parents have enrolled their graduates into an academic program as offered by Huntington Learning and Sylvan Learning Centers. Parents report that academic programs are successful now as the child has improved his/her memory skills, cognitive processing skills, and phonological skills.
Adults enrolled in the program report increased visual and auditory memory skills, including immediate, short, and long-term. They also report increased ability to read with comprehension and to spell accurately. Most of the enrolled adults are reading for pleasure for the first time.
Many psychologists, teachers, doctors, and hospitals refer clients for therapy and/or testing.
Some clients may be funded by a number of insurance carriers for therapy and testing. The Department of Rehabilitation Services helps many of the enrolled adults with therapy and testing costs.
Our model clinic opened in November, 1999, in Springfield, Illinois.