CERTIFIED ACADEMIC LANGUAGE THERAPISTS (CALT)
Dyslexia On Demand exclusively uses Certified Academic Language Therapists, the only individuals qualified to implement therapeutic grade, Orton-Gillingham-based, dyslexia intervention programs of Take Flight and Basic Language Skills (BLS). An ALTA Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) provides diagnostic, explicit, systematic Multisensory Structured Language intervention which builds a high degree of accuracy, knowledge, and independence for students with written language disorders, including dyslexia.
TAKE FLIGHT & BLS THERAPY
Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia is a two-year curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). Take Flight builds on the success of the three previous dyslexia intervention programs developed by the staff of TSRHC: Alphabetic Phonics, the Dyslexia Training Program, and TSRH Literacy Program. Take Flight was designed for use by Certified Academic Language Therapists for children with dyslexia ages seven and older. It was developed to enable students with dyslexia to achieve and maintain better word recognition, reading fluency, and reading comprehension, and aid in the transition from a therapy setting to “real world” learning.
Basic Language Skills Therapy (BLS), developed by the Neuhaus Education Center, is an explicit, systematic, intensive literacy instruction for students with dyslexia or related language learning differences. It is a literacy instructional framework that is systematic, sequential, intensive, and comprehensive. The research-based curriculum shares the same philosophies and characteristics with other Orton-Gillingham-based curricula and provides instruction in phonemic awareness, letter recognition, decoding, spelling, fluency, comprehension, handwriting, vocabulary, and oral-written expression. Basic Language Skills (BLS) is designed to be taught by a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT).
Dyslexia on Demand only offers dyslexia therapy. Dyslexia on Demand exclusively offers one-on-one or group therapy opportunities for students with a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) four times a week.
This therapist will personally guide your child through a multisensory program of explicit, systematic instruction for both reading and spelling. The Orton-Gillingham program the therapist will lead you through is called Take Flight or BLS.
Also, Dyslexia on Demand exclusively provides the highest level of trained dyslexia professionals, Certified Academic Language Therapists. Students will work solely with ONE therapist unless an unforeseen circumstance arises.
CERTIFIED ACADEMIC LANGUAGE THERAPISTS
Certified Academic Language Therapists (CALT) are:
CLINICALLY DIAGNOSTIC AND PRESCRIPTIVE
Certified Academic Language Therapists (CALT) review comprehensive evaluation reports and academic samples, then administer academic skills assessments for baseline documentation. Student performance informs diagnostic and prescriptive intervention to create a high level of accuracy, fluency, and understanding for independence in written language skills.
Certified Academic Language Therapists enable explicit understanding and application of the structure of the English language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and orthography), to create the foundation for age-appropriate oral and written language. This includes reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension, spelling, and written expression.
Certified Academic Language Therapists provide expert, skilled one-to-one or small-group intervention, with high frequency over a sustained period of time, which links explicit understanding, repeated practice and performance to develop accurate and fluent reading with comprehension.
SKILLED IN MULTISENSORY STRUCTURED LANGUAGE
Certified Academic Language Therapists integrate visual, auditory, and motor processing with an explicit understanding of the structure of the English language, which provides a solid foundation in written language skills.
TAKE FLIGHT & BLS THERAPY
Take Flight contains the five components of effective reading instruction supported by the National Reading Panel research meta-analysis and mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act.
Vocabulary is expanded and enriched by developing morphological knowledge, word relationships, figurative language, syntax, and semantics by direct instruction and in the context of reading.
Phonemic Awareness in Take Flight includes a systematic exploration of the articulation of phonemes and is fully integrated within decoding and spelling instruction. All phoneme-grapheme correspondence rules are introduced over a shorter time than previous TSRHC programs. This allows time for practice toward accurate and automatic application of phonic skills and for more guided reading practice with controlled and regular text.
Fluency instruction incorporates guided and timed repeated reading of decodable words, phrases, and connected text. Incentives, concrete measures of progress, and daily home practice are also important elements of fluency training.
A combination of techniques is used for instruction in reading comprehension, including comprehension monitoring, question generation, story structure, summarizing and inferencing. Students also learn how to utilize graphic and semantic organizers when reading narrative and expository texts.
Cumulative Years of Dyslexia Experience
It is the policy and commitment of Dyslexia onDemand, that it does not discriminate based on race, age, color, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or religion.