Dyslexia Testing and Tutors

7755 Office Plaza Dr. N. Suite 105, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

(515) 218 - 8445

Why Choose True Potential Education?


There are many very diversified opinions on what dyslexia is and how it should be handled in students.  We at True Potential Education, LLC., believe that the key to overcoming dyslexia is quality intervention, introduced as early as possible.  


At True Potential Education, our instructors have been formally trained at the graduate level and have logged many hours of supervised teaching.  


We believe that each child and family deserve the best services possible for their needs, and we strive to provide those services.

Our goal is not only to help you identify if your child is dyslexic but also to lead you to the right solutions that will enable your child to become a successful reader, writer and speller.  



Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid."

~ Albert Einstein (a very successful dyslexic)

Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Therapies

Our Goal


At True Potential Education, we only use the tests and programs that have been proven by the 34 National Institutes of Health universities to both identify dyslexia and remediate it.  We use these tests to uncover gaps in core language skills needed to read, write and spell as well as to determine the best remediation strategies going forward.

Quality

At True Potential Education, we use the Orton-Gillingham (OG) approach to remediate dyslexia. The Orton-Gillingham programs were developed by Dr. Sam Orton, the scientist who studied and named dyslexia, and Anna Gillingham, an educator and psychologist. The OG programs are built on the systematic, multi-sensory teaching of the sounds that make up our language, and how they logically relate to the printed letters that represent these sounds. 
 
Throughout the past five years, the OG approach's effect on the brain has been studied extensively using fMRIs. In these studies, fMRI images were taken both before and after OG therapy was administered. Prior to treatment, it was substantiated that dyslexics were only using one active center in their brain to read rather than the three centers used by a typical reader.

However, after three years of OG therapy, fMRI images showed that dyslexics had developed new brain pathways and were using those three reading centers used by the typical reader.  In other words, the brain literally built the pathways it needed to access other areas of the brain and become a good reader. 

​There are no jumping jacks, no balance techniques, and no computer programs that focus on attention when using the OG approach.  It is the core instruction on the systematic way the sounds of our language are represented in printed text (the sound to symbol connection)…the exact issue dyslexics struggle with.