Dyslexia Therapist Certification Program - Learn More

Dyslexia Therapist Certification Program - Learn More

Certified Academic Language Therapy Training through Take Flight

Purpose: To train teachers and learning specialists in an accredited two-year dyslexia therapy program that effectively incorporates the five pillars of reading for the purpose of providing empirically based, multi-sensory, systematic, synthetic, direct, and cumulative reading instruction and intervention. Upon completion, therapists-in-training will pursue certification as an Academic Language Therapist (CALT).

Why it is Important: It is critical that instructors use appropriate and accredited structured literacy programs when working with students with reading difficulties/disabilities. It is equally as critical that instructors are highly trained in these accredited programs. The standards for certification as a CALT include 200 classroom instructional hours from a Qualified Instructor (QI), continued observations from a QI, and a minimum of 700 practicum hours working with children with reading disabilities in an accredited structured literacy program.

How we will complete it: Over the course of two years, David Hanson (CALT/QI) with QI-in-training, Natalie Hoover (CALT), will effectively instruct and train a group of teachers and specialists in Take Flight, an accredited dyslexia intervention program created through the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and will provide all instructional and observational hours to therapists-in-training.

Intended results: At the end of the two year program, therapists-in-training who have completed all instructional hours, observational hours, and practicum hours will be able to register to take the Alliance for Accreditation and Certification of Structured Language Education, Inc. certification exam at the therapy level through the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA). Upon passing, therapists-in-training will receive certification as an Academic Language Therapist. Having completed the highest level of dyslexia therapy training, CALTS will be able to effectively identify and remediate students with varying levels of reading difficulties.

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General Components and Schedule of Take Flight Training

Accurate identification of the characteristics of dyslexia at all ages

Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia, a multi-sensory, structured approach to the following skills:

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Phonic skills
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension skills
  • Spelling
  • Letter formation
  • Classroom strategies and techniques used for students with dyslexia

Process and Duration of Course

2 Years

Graduates of the Academic Language Therapy Training program are eligible to sit for the Alliance for Accreditation and Certification of Structured Language Education certification exam at the therapy level.

Year One

Identification and Placement Seminar

Introductory Course includes:

  • Summer 2019: July 1-3 and July 8-12, Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm (8 days)
  • Fall 2019: September 27th-28th and November 1st; 8am-4pm (3 days)
  • Spring 2020: February 28th-29th and April 24th-25th; 8am-4pm (4 days)
  • Five (5) video demonstration lessons
  • One (1) approved professional conference

Year Two

Advanced Course includes:

  • Summer 2020: Monday-Friday (Dates TBD); 8am-4pm (5 days)
  • Fall 2020: Friday-Saturday in early fall and one Saturday in late fall (Dates TBD); 8am-4pm (3 days)
  • Spring 2021: One Saturday in early spring and one Saturday in late spring (Dates TBD); 8am-4pm (2 days)
  • Five (5) video demonstration lessons
  • One (1) approved professional conference