Academic Language Therapy instruction is delivered by a Cerfitied Academic Language Therapist (CALT). The intervention Tara uses to remediate Dyslexia is Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia. Take Flight is designed for individuals with dyslexia ages 7 and older. For individuals younger than 7 years of age, PreFlight is the curriculum used for intervention.
Academic support is available for students needing help with specific school subjects, such as written expression, handwriting, comprehension, study skills and organization, and math (dyscalculia).
Teacher trainees learn to implement an Orton-Gillingham based multisensory language therapy program called Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia. Course offerings are accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC). The training program’s course content reflects the International Dyslexia Association’s (IDA) Knowledge of Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. Upon completion of all program training requirements, individuals can sit for the Alliance for Accreditation and Certification of Structured Language Education Exam to gain certification as an Academic Language Therapist through the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA).
“Mrs. Chapman's instruction was more than just teaching my son how to overcome the challenges of dyslexia. She has literally changed the course of his life forever.”
“In less than a year, Tara was able to help our son rejoin his grade level in reading. She helped him with decoding skills, spelling, reading comprehension, fluency, and even cursive handwriting.”
ACADEMIC LANGUAGE THERAPIST TRAINED
YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE
– Christopher Robin (A. A. Milne)
The Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) is a non-profit national professional organization for the purpose of establishing, maintaining, and promoting standards of education, practice and professional conduct for Certified Academic Language Therapists. Academic Language Therapy is an educational, structured, comprehensive, phonetic, multisensory approach for the remediation of dyslexia and/or written-language disorders.
The American Montessori Society (AMS) is the foremost advocate for quality Montessori education, an innovative, child-centered approach to learning. An Elementary I (EL) credential is awarded to successful graduates of an American Montessori Society (AMS) teacher education program. The Elementary I credential allows instruction for children ages 6-9.
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is an international organization that concerns itself with the complex issues of dyslexia. The IDA membership consists of a variety of professionals in partnership with dyslexics and their families and all others interested in The Association’s mission.
Everyone Reading Illinois (ERI) is a leading organization in dyslexia awareness and education. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1978, they serve the entire state of Illinois and work to improve the lives of individuals with dyslexia, from childhood through adulthood.
McKinney Christian Academy’s Multisensory Teacher Training (MCA-MTT) Center offers teachers, administrators, and parents training in multisensory teaching techniques to support students with learning differences.
A Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT) can provide multisensory language education for the treatment of dyslexia and related learning disorders that includes instruction for reading, writing, and spelling.
A Qualified Instructor (QI) credential is earned through ALTA by completing the requirements necessary to teach professionals to become a CALT through an accredited International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) training center.
A Certificated Academic Language Therapist (CALT) is a professional credential to describe an individual who has the expertise to provide services to individuals who have difficulty acquiring the basic language skills necessary to read, write and spell. CALTs have a deep knowledge of the structure of the English language and the experience to apply these skills in creating an individualized treatment plan for the remediation of dyslexia and related learning disorders.
We have a new community room at the Center called the Learning Loft. The room is located on the second floor in suite 201. This room is designed to hold professional development meetings, educational seminars, and workshops. If you need a space for a few hours, or a few days, we offer flexible rental options.
“Mrs. Chapman has a wonderful rapport with the children and her students love her. My daughter says that Mrs. Chapman is the best teacher. Her ability to connect with her students and her talent as a therapist is truly superior.”
“The language therapy my son received increased his self-confidence, his stress about school and tests decreased, and he began to understand the skills necessary to be successful. I would highly recommend Tara and I feel confident that she has the skills, experience, compassion, and passion to also help your child be successful.”