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 (TSRHC) in Dallas, Texas. It was built on the successes of three previous dyslexia interventions developed by the staff of TSRHC: Alphabetic Phonics, Dyslexia Training Program, and TSRH Literacy Program. Take Flight is a curriculum that is evidence-based and backed by research. Click to read the Research Summary.
Take Flight is designed specifically for individuals who have a language-based learning difference (dyslexia), the 10 – 15% of the population who may be unable to remember two-dimensional symbols, letters, or words easily. These individuals require intervention that utilizes special methods and materials.
Take Flight is a comprehensive, ungraded, structured, and sequential curriculum that utilizes multisensory techniques for basic instruction in reading, writing, and spelling. Task analysis was used to organize and sequence the following:
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 teaching children lacking a talent for language became the basis of a pilot from 1965 – 1975 at the Language Laboratory at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas. An interdisciplinary team worked to incorporate multisensory techniques, current findings in learning theories, and discovery teaching into the Take Flight curriculum.
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.
Structured literacy is explicit, systematic teaching that focuses on phonological awareness, phonics and decoding, spelling, vocabulary development, comprehension skills, and written expression. Take Flight = Structured Literacy.
Take Flight is designed for use by a Certified Academic Language Therapist for individuals with dyslexia ages 7 and older. For individuals younger than 7 years of age, PreFlight is the curriculum used for intervention.
Certified Academic Language Therapists (CALTs) are not tutors. They are specially trained to work with students with dyslexia and related language-based learning differences. They have completed extensive training in a multisensory structured language program at a training center or university that offers courses accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC). Course content reflects the International Dyslexia Association’s (IDA) Knowledge of Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.
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