As a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT), Tara is specially trained to use Orton-Gillingham methods that are individualized and unique to the specific learner. Her instructional delivery involves using the curriculum Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia. These language skills are taught using a multi-sensory approach in which the senses (visual, auditory, kinesthetic-tactile) are engaged simultaneously for optimal learning. The teaching techniques and intervention strategies used are appropriate for all language learners.
For those students with dyslexia and related language-based learning differences, Tara offers an intensive academic and therapeutic approach to remedial instruction. Additionally, she works with students who do not have a diagnosis of dyslexia but would benefit from additional literacy skills development.
Tara believes all students deserve compassion, understanding, and the most current, effective evidence-based intervention available. It is her goal to help all students reach their academic potential. Many intelligent and capable students struggle to learn the most basic literacy skills. Sometimes success requires a different approach; a therapeutic approach and an early diagnosis and intervention are critical.
Tara has been teaching students in both public and private settings for over 30 years. She has extensive training in the field of education. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction-Reading, and an American Montessori Society Elementary I Credential. Tara is a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT), and a Qualified Instructor (QI). Tara earned her Qualified Instructor (QI) professional credential at McKinney Christian Academy’s Multisensory Teacher Training Center in Texas.
A Qualified Instructor (QI) has earned the credential necessary to teach professionals to become a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) through an accredited International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) training center. Tara has been approved to offer training in Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia which was developed by staff at the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Scottish Rite for Children (SRC) in Dallas, Texas. Introductory and Advanced Courses are offered yearly.
“I highly recommend Tara Chapman to families whose children struggle with dyslexia. Not only is Mrs. Chapman highly qualified through her training at Southern Methodist University and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, but she is exceptionally skilled in working with youth and families.” P.S.