Tara Chapman, M.S., AMS/EL, CALT-QI, and Co-Founder of The Written Word
The Written Word
Center for Dyslexia and Learning
319 S. Naperville Road, Suite 100
Wheaton, IL 60187
The Written Word Dyslexia Therapy Training (TWW-DTT) instructors offer teachers, parents, and administrators an opportunity to train in multisensory teaching, discovery, and mastery techniques to support students with dyslexia and related language-based learning differences.
Trainees will learn to implement an Orton-Gillingham based multisensory language therapy program called Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia. The Take Flight curriculum is written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Scottish Rite for Children in Dallas, Texas. Take Flight is a curriculum that is evidence-based and backed by research, read Research Summary.
Take Flight training is currently offered at independent training centers in the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin. Children in public and private school settings all over the United States are benefitting from instruction in Take Flight.
Workshops: 9/9/23, 10/7/23, 11/4/23, 2/3/24, 4/6/24
*Costs are subject to change.
Upon completion of all Dyslexia Therapy Training (Take Flight Introductory and Advanced Course work), the trainee is eligible to apply for the ALTA Competency Exam for MSLE with a minimum of two years for the beginning of training and a maximum of 5 years from the completion of Certified Academic Language Therapy Training (CALT) training.
The ALTA Competency Exam for MSLE costs $150.00 to take, which includes the current year’s membership to the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA). Current CALT dues are $75.00 annually.
When the candidate passes the examination, his/her candidacy will be presented to the Academic Language Therapy Association Membership Committee. Upon final approval, the candidate will be sent a confirmation of eligibility for ALTA membership. When the Membership Committee receives the applicant’s ALTA membership fee, notification of membership and a registration certificate will be sent to the applicant.
"I am so thankful to have taken the Take Flight training program. You simply will not find another program that better equips you to help students with dyslexia! This training is by far the most comprehensive and in-depth preparation for teaching children with dyslexia. In fact, because it’s accredited by ALTA, trainees can become dyslexia therapists - the highest level of dyslexia teacher training. Tara Chapman is an outstanding instructor and her decades of experience are unmatched here in the state of Illinois."
"The Take Flight training program has elevated my knowledge of dyslexia to a whole new level. This program is not just about teaching us to help students to read, it's about helping them develop as a whole. We learn how to build their confidence, give them support and the tools they need so they can incorporate their new knowledge into their daily lives. I have the utmost confidence in my training that I will be able to provide the best therapy for my students. Another aspect to this training program that I find extremely valuable is the network that you build working with your fellow trainees and your trainers. They become your go-to when you need advice or suggestions. It is a great comfort to know that you aren't going through the program alone! Enrolling in the Take Flight program has truly been the best career changing decision I have ever made!"
“The Take Flight Training Program has given me the skills that I will be able to use while working with struggling readers at school It has made me rethink my teaching to better accommodate my struggling readers through the use of multisensory teaching that I have incorporated in my classroom.”
"The Take Flight training I received was the most impactful training I have ever participated in. The training centered on the Take Flight program but you received so much more. The training encompassed working with someone who may be dyslexic as well as ways to improve instruction in all of the literacy components. I have been teaching for 28 years and this training has sparked a passion in me with a new direction. I recommend this training to all teachers and to anyone who is working with or advocating for a dyslexia student as well as a struggling reader."
Tara has been teaching students in both public and private settings for over 30 years. 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). Tara earned her Qualified Instructor (QI) professional credential at McKinney Christian Academy’s Multisensory Teacher Training Center in Texas.
Submit your application for the Introductory Course
Submit 3 completed reference forms
Submit an official copy of your college transcript(s)
You will receive confirmation of your acceptance into the training program via email with instructions on how to pay the training fees.