"Our mission is to ensure through the use of
multisensory methods that all individuals are
provided the opportunity to learn to read."


The Leatherstocking Dyslexia Center (LDC) is located at SUNY Oneonta in Oneonta, New York. Oneonta is a centrally located between Albany and Binghamton, NY.  Oneonta can be reached conveniently by Interstate 88 that travels through both large cities in Upstate New York. The closest Dyslexia Center to Oneonta is in Oriskany, NY (72 miles) and Clifton Park (80 miles). The direct seven counties surrounding Oneonta include: Otsego, Delaware, Chenango, Broome, Schoharie, Herkimer and Oneida Counties. It is estimated that over 6,500 students in the seven counties have been diagnosed with some form of dyslexia.  The statistics show a real need to support this region of New York State that does not have adequate coverage within close proximity.
The LDC is in Fitzelle Hall room 351, on the SUNY campus. The center consists of a waiting area and 10 individual work rooms that are fully equipped with Multisensory materials and computer and skype communication system. The skype communication system will allow the tutor and student communication with the certified trainer. The video-taped observations will be part of the training process for certification as a certified Orton-Gillingham scholar. Each work room has space for additional multisensory equipment and materials used in the tutoring process. There is also a separate classroom to hold the scholar instruction classes as required for certification.  This classroom will hold up to 20 students at a time for training sessions. The center is open Monday through Friday from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm to allow those from out of the area to reach the center after school hours. With Saturday hours 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and summer hours to be expanded as needed. The average time required for tutoring a dyslexic student will range from a one to two year time period. Each student is recommended to participate in two tutoring sessions per week.


In most circumstances, a public school will not pay for private educational therapy. However, there are situations in which the school may provide a tutor free of charge. That’s a result of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. If your child’s school is labeled as “needs improvement,” your child may be eligible for free tutoring.
Being labeled as “needs improvement” means the schools has failed to meet the state’s “adequate yearly progress” standards for more than three years in a row. The school must also be a Title I school. That means at least 40 percent of the students are low-income. You will get a notice in the mail if your child’s school meets these criteria. You will have to sign up for tutoring and choose a tutor from a school-approved list.
  • Kids learn by building connections between brain cells called “neural pathways.”
  • The more these neural pathways are used, the stronger they get. That’s why practicing helps build skills.
  • Kids go through different stages of development and pick up different kinds of thinking skills at each stage.
Children develop skills the way builders build a house. They start with the foundation. What gets built on that foundation at different stages of development determines what the house looks like and how to get from room to room.
These are key things to know about how kids learn and build on different skills. And remember … if you're concerned about your child's development, there are instructional strategies and teaching methods that can help him learn in his own unique way.