The Wellington-Alexander Center of Scottsdale, Arizona was founded by Ann Alexander, MD, a neurodevelopmental pediatrician. The Center opened its doors in June of 2003, but its establishment is preceded by more than 25 years of research, knowledge, experience and success achieved at Dr. Alexander's Morris Center in Gainesville, Florida. The Morris Center was awarded federal research grants by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to scientifically assess the efficacy of the language interventions for children with dyslexia, both for the short-term and the long-term.
Two five-year grants allowed them to treat and follow 120 severely dyslexic children in 3rd-5th grade performing at 2 %ile or below, discovering that:
In another arm of this initiative, the team was involved in research focused on kindergarten students identified as at-risk for dyslexia (performing below the 10th %ile) and discovered that:
Dr. Alexander had the opportunity to work on this research with her sister, Jane Lawyer, an experienced educator with training in the scientifically-based therapy. Jane had previously been serving struggling readers in the Litchfield Elementary School of Litchfield Park, AZ, achieving similar results. Knowing the needs in the Phoenix area, Jane and Ann decided to open the Wellington-Alexander Center in hopes of achieving the same kinds of success for children here in the Valley of the Sun.
Indeed, the Wellington-Alexander Center is achieving these outcomes with their patients here in Arizona. When all of the developmental pieces of the "puzzle" (language, attention/behavior and sensorimotor) are addressed intensively, systematically and in an integrated manner, individuals are able to reach their full potential. Refer to the published articles and visual data for further details.
A family foundation, theFred J. Wellington Memorial Foundation for Child Development, was created in 1999 in memory of their father. He had some difficulties with language-based learning, as did some of his children and grandchildren, and was so proud of the work being done at the Morris Center. He wished that there were some way to "spread the word" and help more children. Hence, the mission of the Foundation to do so. Ann and Jane serve on the Board of Directors.
The Wellington-Alexander Center serves the community by helping children and adults affected by dyslexia and other language-based learning challenges reach their full academic and social potential through our research-based, interdisciplinary intervention program and by promoting early identification and community awareness of dyslexia within schools and parent groups.