Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia is a two-year Orton-Gillingham based curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.
Take Flight is based on the pioneering research of Dr. Samuel T. Orton, neuropsychiatrist, and the educational and psychological insights of Anna Gillingham. The Orton-Gillingham techniques for children lacking a talent for language became the basis of a pilot from 1965-1975 at the Language Laboratory at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, TX. An interdisciplinary team worked to incorporate multisensory teaching techniques, current findings in learning theories, and discovery teaching into the Take Flight curriculum.
What makes Take Flight an effective intervention?
Take Flight addresses the five components of effective reading instruction identified by the National Reading Panel’s research and is a comprehensive Tier III intervention for students with dyslexia.
What are the 5 components of effective reading instruction?
Who can implement Take Flight?
It was designed for use by a Certified Academic Language Therapist for children with dyslexia ages 7 and older. For children younger than 7 years of age, the curriculum called Pre Flight is used for intervention.
What is a Certified Academic Language Therapist?
Certified Academic Language Therapists (CALT) are not tutors. They are specially trained to work with students with dyslexia and related language-based learning differences such as dysgraphia and dyscalculia. They have completed extensive training in multisensory structured language at a training center or university program that is accredited by IDA (International Dyslexia Association), and/or IMSLEC (International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council).
Therapy level standards require a CALT to:
How is structured literacy taught?
How often do students receive instruction?
The two-year program is taught 5 days a week ( 45 minutes per day) or four days per week (60 minutes per day) and is intended for one-on-one therapy or small group instruction. Take Flight includes 132 lessons with a total of 230 hours of direct instruction.