Illuminations Center for Dyslexia

302 17th Street

Meridian, MS​ 39301
(601) 484-7430

Optimum results are achieved with consistency.  We require that each student commits to at least 3 sessions per week. Therapy sessions are with 2-3 students at a time for best results.

Daily Structured Routine

Dyslexia Therapy

  • Alphabet instruction
  • Rapid recognition of letters and sounds
    • ​Categories
    • Uppercase Letters
    • Lowercase Letter
    • Number Strings
    • Learned Words
  • Reading accuracy and fluency
    • ​​CVC
    • Real/nonsense
    • Blends
      • ​​Strawberry Smash (blends, real/nonsense)
    • Digraphs
    • Multisyllable
  • Comprehension
    • ​Oral comprehension
  • Grammar and writing
  • Cursive handwriting
  • Phonological awareness
  • Etymology (language of origin)
  • Oral language development
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling rules
  • Affixes and word roots

What kind of instruction does my child need?

Dyslexia and other related learning disorders cannot be cured. Proper instruction promotes reading success and alleviates many difficulties associated with dyslexia. Instruction for individuals with reading and related learning disabilities should be:

  • Intensive – given every day or very frequently for sufficient time.
  • Explicit – component skills for reading, spelling, and writing are explained, directly taught, and modeled by the teacher. Children are discouraged from guessing at words.
  • Systematic and cumulative – has a definite, logical sequence of concept introduction; concepts are ordered from simple to more complex; each new concept builds upon previously introduced concepts, with built-in review to aid memory and retrieval.
  • Structured – has step-by-step procedures for introducing, reviewing, and practicing concepts.
  • Multisensory – links listening, speaking, reading, and writing together; involves movement and “hands-on” learning.


Suggested Readings

Seidenberg, M. (2017). Language at the Speed of Sight: How we read, why so many can't, and what can be done about it. New York: Hatchet Book Group.

Shaywitz, S. (2003). Overcoming dyslexia: A new and complete science-based program for reading problems at any level. New York: Knopf.

Basic facts about dyslexia and other reading problems. Baltimore: The International Dyslexia Association.

Moats, L. C., & Dakin, K. E. (2007).

Tridas, E. Q. (Ed.). (2007). From ABC to ADHD: What every parent should know about dyslexia. Baltimore: The International Dyslexia Association.

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Fact sheet revised September 2008.

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 95% of children can achieve grade level grading success with specialized help early.  The core of Illuminations methodology evolves from the Orton-Gillingham based methods: a scientific, universally-successful, specific teaching approach that combines auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning modalities.

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