NELMS DYSLEXIA CENTER

2781 N College Ave - Fayetteville, AR

(479) 313-6007

The Nelms Dyslexia Center is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit center. Our vision is to provide high ​quality dyslexia training to teachers and to provide dyslexia assessment and intensive dyslexia therapy ​for students. We plan to have community programs, information, and support for families and children ​with dyslexia. All instructional programs and information are rooted in the science of reading and ​current research in dyslexia.

Current status: We began teacher training in June 2024. As additional staff begin late summer, we will ​begin providing dyslexia assessments and therapy. Our informational programs will begin in the fall. ​Please follow us on Facebook or sign up for our newsletter for regular updates.

Don & Millie Nelms

The Nelms Dyslexia Center was established in 2024 as a first project of the Don & ​Millie Nelms Foundation. These dyslexia organizations stem from Don’s life ​experience as a person with dyslexia. Despite his challenges with reading and ​spelling, Don excelled in business and many community and state leadership roles.


Don is investing the financial proceeds of his business success to assist students ​with dyslexia, their families, and their teachers.

AUDITORIUM

3000 sq ft

MAIN CENTER

7500 sq ft

Center Design

  • 10,500 square feet
  • 7 rooms for individual student therapy
  • 4 rooms for small group therapy
  • Teacher training room for up to 18
  • Small auditorium for large group training & special events that seats up to 100
  • Waiting area with community resources
  • Interpretive panels of successful people with dyslexia in a wide range of fields


Teacher Training Opportunities

CERTIFIED ACADEMIC LANGUAGE THERAPIST TRAINING


2024 Summer Cohort

Weeks of July 15th-19th and 22nd-26th

THERAPIST level training requirements:


  • Two year certification course
  • Course uses Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia, ​developed by the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia at Scottish Rite for Children.
  • Meets all requirements for training as a CALT through the Academic Language Therapist ​Association (ALTA)
  • Multi-sensory Structured Language intervention that is diagnostic, explicit, systematic, ​and cumulative.
  • Addresses all five components of effective reading instruction (National Reading Panel)
  • Minimum of 200 face-to-face instructional hours; Minimum of 700 clinical teaching hours
  • Minimum of ten lesson demonstrations
  • Pass a competency exam; Master’s degree required for this certification.


To learn more about Certified Academic Language Therapists, visit the ALTA website.

For more information & enrollment

Call: (479) 313-6007

Email: pam@nelmsdc.org

Parent & Educator Resources

Legislation specific to Arkansas:

The purpose of the guide is to provide school districts, public schools, and ​teachers with guidance to meet Ark. Code Ann. §6-14-601

Arkansas Reading Legislation Guidance ​Document


This document provides clarification on pertinent literacy legislation that ​districts are required to implement. The Division of Elementary and ​Secondary Education (DESE) has developed rules and regulations to clarify ​components of the law.

R.I.S.E. (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence) ​Arkansas


The goals of R.I.S.E. Arkansas are:

1) Enhance and increase professional learning to provide educators with ​in-depth information related to the science of reading, evidence-based ​instructional strategies and the skills to make data-based decisions for ​students.

2) Establish post-secondary programs alongside business and ​community partnerships that are critical to changing the landscape of ​literacy.

3) Encourage school districts and community groups to plan local ​reading campaigns to promote the culture of reading within the state ​and provide access to books in the home.

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Our Team

Pam Henley

Center Director

Pam is from Tahlequah, OK. Previously the founder of Crossroads Learning; she ​has dedicated her life to ​education and teaching children to read. She has a ​Master’s degree in education and reading, is a Certified ​Academic Language ​Therapist-Qualified Instructor, and is a Reading Specialist.


When she is not at the center she enjoys spending time with her grandkids, reading, and traveling. She is ​enjoying traveling with her husband, family and friends. For those of you that know Pam, she is pretty high ​energy. She loves to workout, jog, walk and cycle to burn off some of that energy.


“I really love giving hope and help to parents who are concerned about their child’s literacy learning. When ​working with students, I love seeing their faces light up as they realize they CAN read and spell! It’s a beautiful ​thing!”


Jennifer Carter

Center Coordinator

Jen is from Prairie Grove, AR. She taught elementary school for 18 years and worked in private practice for 5 years ​before joining Nelms Dyslexia Center. Jen has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree ​in Special Education with an emphasis in Dyslexia Therapy. She is a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist and a Certified ​Academic Language Therapist.


Outside of work, you can find her enjoying a good book, spending time with family, or enjoying a Razorback game ​or gymnastics meet. Go Hogs!


"I have always loved the quote by Maya Angelou that says 'I've learned that people may forget what you said, ​people may forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.' I want kids to want to work ​with me. I want our kids to know and feel like they matter."

Donna Francis

Certified Academic Language Therapist

Donna is from Pocola, OK. She taught middle-level English language arts and reading for 15 years. Donna has a ​Master’s degree in education and reading. She is a Reading Specialist and a Certified Academic Language ​Therapist.


In addition to loving time with her grandkids, Donna is an avid reader, a new gardener and enjoys sharing produce ​with her friends. She has a registered therapy dog named Murry. Donna and Murry work as a team bringing joy to ​places that need it.


“As a teacher, it is great to have the dyslexia therapy tools to help our students. I want our students to know that ​they have a clear path to learn to read and have my constant support!"

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