FOR STUDENTS WITH DYSLEXIA
Academic Language Therapy instruction is delivered by a Certified 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 students younger than 7 years of age, PreFlight and Build is the curriculum used for intervention.
FOR K-8 STUDENTS
Academic support is available for students needing help with specific school subjects, such as Written Expression, Spelling, Comprehension, and Handwriting.
FOR K-1 STUDENTS and EDUCATORS
Build: A K-1 Early Reading Intervention program is used to meet the needs of K-1 students who have been identified as at risk for dyslexia. It was developed by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Scottish Rite for Children.
Teacher trainees learn to implement an Orton-Gillingham based multisensory dyslexia therapy program called Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia. The training program’s course content reflects the International Dyslexia Association’s (IDA) Knowledge of Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading and the Academic Language Therapy Association’s eight standards of knowledge and skills in Multisensory Structured Language Education. Upon completion of all program training requirements, individuals can sit for the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) Competency Exam for Multisensory Structured Language Education. This is a comprehensive national registration examination administered by ALTA. Successful completion of all ALTA requirements may lead to Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) certification.
“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.”
“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.”
“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 THERAPISTs TRAINED
YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE
We have a training and meeting space called the Learning Loft! We have designed this community room as a space to hold professional development and training for students, parents, and educators.
– 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.
A Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction-Reading.
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 instruction plan for the remediation of dyslexia and related learning disorders.