The Dyslexia Therapist Training Program is a 2-year multi-sensory, structured language training curriculum for individuals who have already completed a 4-year degree and are interested in being Certified Academic Language Therapists.
This comprehensive program uses Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia (Take Flight), a two-year curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waite’s Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. 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 ages 7 and up.
Dyslexia Center of Austin’s Dyslexia Therapist Training Program meets the International Dyslexia Association’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading, Texas licensure requirements, and criteria for membership in the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA). The Dyslexia Center of Austin is accredited by the International Multi-sensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC).
Certification and Licensing
Graduates of the Dyslexia Therapist Training Program will receive a certificate of completion from the Dyslexia Center of Austin with the title of Dyslexia Therapist and be eligible to sit for the Alliance National Registration Exam administered by the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) to become Certified Academic Language Therapists (CALTs). Graduates with advanced degrees in education and certain related fields may be eligible to apply to become a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist, as defined by Texas HB 461 (2009 Session of the Texas Legislature).
- Extensive knowledge of the characteristics of dyslexia and related disorders
- Understanding of the educational identification process for dyslexia
- Curriculum instruction using Take Flight
- Classroom strategies and techniques used for students with dyslexia
- Informational sessions for parents and teachers focused on identification, accommodations, related disorders, and a Take Flight curriculum overview.
Graduate-Level Instruction, Clinical Training, and Supervised Instruction in:
- Characteristics and educational identification of dyslexia
- Multi-sensory approach to teaching phonological awareness leading to sound/symbol correspondence for reading and spelling, including phonemic awareness, onset and rime, rhyme recognition and production, alliteration, segmentation, manipulation, blending, etc.
- Structured, intensive, phonetic approach to teaching reading, including phonemic awareness, decoding, sound/symbol relationships, reading automatically, reading rate, prosody, orthographic patterns, syllable division, and morphology.
- A multi-sensory, process-oriented approach to teaching cognitive spelling which emphasizes phonemic awareness, sound/symbol relationship, orthographic patterns, spelling generalizations, spelling formulas for derivatives, and dictation skills.
- Multi-sensory approach to word relationships through grammar, morphology, semantics, and syntax
- Analysis and strategies used for comprehension in expository and narrative texts using meta-cognitive techniques
- Sequential multi-sensory strategies designed for academic success of students with dyslexia.
Graduates may receive up to fifteen (15) hours of graduate-level credit toward a Master of Education degree in Special Education, Specializing in Dyslexia through Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX.