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Creating a space for all who struggle with dyslexia and other reading differences to transform into confident learners

The Chrysalis Center

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Beginning 2022-2023, a new program for language disorders, specifically dyslexia, emerged for the Tuscaloosa community. A specialized classroom that offers small group instruction with trained teachers is now available within the North River Christian

Academy community. These students receive lower student/teacher ratios, specialized instruction, access to a certified dyslexia therapist, access to counseling services, and other supportive resources to maximize their learning potential. They will also be fully integrated into the regular activities of NRCA such as Chapel, P.E., sports, and field trips. Now, in the 2023-2024 school year, we have a second classroom and we are meeting the needs of students in 3rd grade through 6th grade.

with flying colors.

“Butterflies are caterpillars that fight back and come back

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There is no growth

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without change .

Our students are bright, hard working children who have unique learning needs related to reading and language... If you ask them, they are "fun, loving, kind, and cool".

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More About Our Approach....

Basic Language Skills is an intensive, therapeutic Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSLE) curriculum. This Orton Gillingham based program provides instruction in phonemic awareness, letter recognition, decoding, spelling, fluency, comprehension, handwriting, vocabulary, and oral and written expression. This program is designed to be instructed by a CALT (Certified Academic Language Therapist / Dyslexia Therapist) trained by Neuhaus Education Center. It should be taught by a therapist 4-5 days a week for 45-60 minutes per session. This curriculum was written to be used over a 2 to 3-year time frame and is designed to have a student reading on at least a third-grade level when they finish the lessons in the program. Each individual student works at a different pace; therefore, the length of the program differs for every student.

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just when the caterpillar thought its life was over...

it became a butterfly!

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our needs...

In an effort to provide the classroom experience needed to help students with language disorders thrive, we are asking you to consider supporting this new program. We are currently fundraising to help our students blossom and will use the funds to provide ongoing professional development to the staff, provide expert consultants to guide our program, purchase needed classroom supplies for therapies and teachings, build a language disorder library to allow our students to READ the books best suited for their needs, and provide scholarships to those who need support with tuition.

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PRAY for these students and this program as it is emerging.

Share this new program with friends and family.

Support us financially by making a tax-deductible donation.

Donate by check to:

Chrysalis Classrooms at NRCA

1655 N McFarland Blvd, Suite 223

Tuscaloosa, AL 35406

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a term for describing how someone has trouble reading or interpreting words, letters, and other symbols. BUT it does NOT affect intelligence,

how smart someone is, and how awesome, amazing, fun, loving, kind, and cool they are!

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Our greatest transformation happens through our toughest times.

Anna Pereira

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struggle and determination lead to great things.Just ask