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 a multisensory approach to teaching language acquisition skills which develop a student’s ability to learn to read, write and spell. These language skills are taught in a manner 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 learning differences, such as dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and written expression disorders, 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 academic support to manage specific school subjects.
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), Certified Dyslexia Therapist (CDT), and a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT). Currently, Tara is working towards completing her Qualified Instructor (QI) credentials at McKinney Christian Academy’s Multisensory Teacher Training Center in Texas.
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 than what is being taught in a school setting: a therapeutic approach. Early diagnosis and intervention are critical.
“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.