I’ve had so many discussions about learning with parents of past, present and future clients of The Morris Center.  Parents from all over the world with one major thing in common……giving our children the best possible opportunity to reach their learning potential.  Individually we’ve studied and researched all we can to understand our children’s specific learning challenges and how to help them.  Individually we’ve invested and immersed our children into programs that didn’t meet our expectations.  These disappointments have left us feeling helpless and our children discouraged.  But with each failure, we refused to give up.  In our search for an answer, each on our own, found The Morris Center.  While there’s been trepidation and uncertainty, we’ve all come to the same conclusion.  The Morris Center is legit!

When I first heard about The Morris Center, I thought, “Cool, another intervention, claiming to be the answer.”  I just added it to my long list of programs to look into down the line.  When I finally took the time to look it up however, I thought, “man, this place is bold! They are making some really big claims about what they are able to do.”  The TMC website states, “on average, our clients with dyslexia jump one or more grade levels in reading in one month of treatment.”  I’m sorry, what??!!  One month? We are on year three of a program and haven’t seen that kind of growth.  That can’t be right.  So, I dug deeper. Who is this Dr. Tim Conway?  Like all good investigators, I googled him.  He’s a neuropsychologist (yeah, I had to google that word too just to make sure I knew what it was).   I found his TedxTalk,  “Mixing Oil and Water so Nearly Everyone Learns to Read.”  After watching the video I was intrigued.   In my search for information I found a lot of testimonials about how great TMC is and how it had “changed their child’s life.”  Okay, but who are they?  Are they actors?  Paid spokespersons?  I was hearing the good, but I wanted to find the bad reviews.  I was looking for someone to prove it was too good to be true.  Alas, my search came up empty.  There simply weren’t people talking about how bad this program was.  When I googled other reading programs however, I found a multitude of reviews, both good and bad.  So what’s the difference?  While browsing the TMC  website again, this got my attention:

“TMC changed his life” is a common response we receive after our teams’ treatment. One of the most misunderstood aspects of helping children and adults improve their functional skills is the difference between making weak skills stronger versus learning compensatory “strategies” to cope with weak skills. TMC’s known for using research-based methods, the proper intensity and frequency of treatment and a foundational approach to make weaker skills become stronger – improving functional abilities & leading to long-term improvements.

Dr. Tim Conway, Research Neuropsychologist and Director

Research-based methods…  Isn’t every program “research-based?”  Sure, lots claim to be.  But where can I find this research? And what is the average growth for clients receiving treatment?  I looked but either didn’t find this information on their websites or the information was vague.  When I checked The Morris Center website however, there was a tab just for RESEARCH.  Go ahead and see for yourself. You can read all about it.  I did and immediately noticed something different from other explanations of programs……the terminology. It didn’t sound “educational.”  It sounded “medical.” (neural networks, neural plasticity, functional neuroimaging, left hemisphere, normalization of the activation).   Essentially, the approach is less about helping my kids learn to “cope” with their learning disabilities, and more about rewiring their weak skills to be stronger.  Hmmm…. okay, prove it.  I want to see the proof.  With one click, I was able to see the results of 25 years worth of research TMC has to back up their claims.  Real results. Sustained results.  And a new way of looking at dyslexia for me.  I’ve been told (not by my School district or the educators at my school – they have done an exceptional job with the interventions that have been available to them) my child was born with this and their brain is just wired differently.  I’ve learned that’s not true. Brains are wired the same, but some have inefficiencies (weakness).  I’ve been told my kids will always have to work harder than their peers.  Not true. The Morris Center can “strengthen the processes and develop the skills that are weak. As weak skills become stronger, then learning becomes more efficient and the child or adult feels more competent and confident. TMC helps them unlock their hidden, true potential. Self-esteem comes from success.”  Okay.  Even though it sounds too good to be true, I can’t ignore the opportunity in front of us.  If I can make something easier for my kids, I’ll do it!  So we did. Good move.  TMC is definitely delivering on their bold claims!   It’s been a relief to see dyslexia differently and to actually watch my kids grasp things they couldn’t before.  I see less frustration in their faces and more confidence in their eyes.  I see them recognizing how this is helping and starting to dream bigger dreams. Isn’t that what we all want.  So now more than ever, I’m convinced…..SCIENCE MATTERS!


  1. Britani,
    Thank you very much for your kind words and most importantly for taking your time to help advocate for others to be able to achieve “Life Changing” impacts from the powerful programs and professional team at The Morris Center. Here’s the link to all of the research papers, podcasts, videos of professional talks, etc…. that others may need to help convince themselves that they truly have found #DyslexiaScience, it’s what makes ALL the difference.
    Dr. Conway

  2. David Agata

    Doc Conway and his team are all that and a bag of chips, REALLY. All kidding aside during a year and half of research into the topic of reading disorders and how they feed the pipeline from school to prison I happened upon meeting Tim.
    He and I spoke and struck up many conversations about educational methods and reading disorders, then he bumped into my lane of criminal justice and his math was on, spot on.
    50-80% of those incarcerated nationally have a reading disorder and 76% don’t have a high school diploma. FACTS
    That is what the Doc works in and as I like to say he has the pictures to prove it;-) Check on the fMRI research, facts;-)
    Did I mention I have been in law enforcement for 33 years just got my Master’s degree and it was not until I met the Doc that I realized I had dyslexia? Go figure, having to read and write and struggle, at age 56 I have participated int he interventions and I am reading books regularly these days. AS a side note while working on my spelling I found my handwriting to improve, that is another article the doc will have to write on;-)
    David Agata

  3. Susan Gunduz MD FAAP

    Dr Conway’s work is life changing for so many students. As a Pediatrician I have studied his research and over the past year have sent my patients to his center or had them participate online. The results have been awesome. They are able to read , improve their focus, be able to follow the teacher accurately in a classroom, foster better social skills among their peers, and improve so many other necessary skills. To observe this substantial improvement encouraged me to develop screens that I now administer in my Pediatric office. I am now able to identify early those children who can not process sounds ( dyslexia) and provide them with early intervention. My next step is to work with the education system in my area to allow them to identify and provide intervention. Giving each child the skills to read gives them the power to learn and participate in healthy development. With Greater self esteem they can gravitate to what they are interested in with the ability to succeed. Every student deserves this opportunity. As a Pediatrician it is concerning for me to see high students who struggle so much with reading and as a result I must treat their anxiety and depression. I am grateful to Dr Conway for his work in combating Dyslexia.

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