Introductory Level Course: Summer 10-day Intensive Training (Required for both Teaching and Therapy Levels)
- Theory and practical application of multisensory instruction techniques for the remediation of reading, writing, and spelling problems in dyslexic children and adults. Emphasis is on strategies for working with bright, yet severely dyslexic readers.
- The foundations of the English language for reading and spelling. Basic phonology (sounds, symbols, syllables, rules) as well as the linguistic and morphologic components of written English (affixes, roots) are studied.
- Recognizing the characteristics of specific developmental dyslexia
- Diagnostic profiles – comparing and contrasting dyslexia with other learning disabilities, communication disorders, and slow learner patterns.
- Phonologic and orthographic processing – their roles in learning to read and spell
- Multisensory Linkage procedures for new introductions and reviews that aid long-term memory
- Teaching phonemic awareness, phonics, decoding, fluency, handwriting, spelling, and comprehension through an integrated, multisensory curriculum that optimizes neuroplasticity, creating more efficient pathways for reading and spelling.
- Practice teaching (with other trainees) following carefully structured lesson plans
Trainees demonstrating mastery of all requirements will be approved to begin implementing Sounds In Syllables instruction with dyslexic students while continuing their training in the fall.
Dates: This course is typically offered in June. The most recent class was in Taos, NM from June 10-21, 2019. Please note that classes for 2020 will be announced by February 24, 2020. You may also contact the Director (see Contact Us) to express an interest in arranging a course in your area or to inquire about possible venues for 2020.
2019 Tuition: $1000 which included $250 worth of materials.
Intermediate (Teaching) Level Course
Fall and Spring
A continuation of the theories and application of structured, multisensory language teaching. Emphasis is on perfecting skills in using S.I.S. strategies to teach students with reading and spelling disabilities. Participants begin teaching a student daily (at their own site) and continue throughout the year under the supervision of the instructor (using filmed lessons). Classes meet one Saturday per month and provide the background, guidance, and specific techniques necessary to implement this approach.
Successful completion of all instructional and clinical requirements qualifies a trainee to continue onto the Advanced Level of training if desired.
2019 Fall Tuition: $600 per semester
Advanced (Therapy) Level Course
Fall and Spring
Trainees continue to work with their first demonstration student and add a second and third situation when appropriate. Monthly classes cover the advanced phonic, linguistic, and morphologic rules and generalizations which govern the language. Trainees also develop advanced skills in testing, writing reports, the use of accommodations, and the teaching of written expression, morphology, and study skills. In addition, trainees are required to read research studies on topics related to dyslexia and to become better acquainted with other Orton-Gillingham based approaches.