MLTI-NM offers three courses.
- The Summer Introductory 10-day, 72-hour course is open to educators wishing to learn more about dyslexia and the Sounds In Syllables approach. Cost: $1250 (all materials included) Applications for the 2022 Introductory course will be posted on this page by January 31.
- The Intermediate course (teaching level) is a 64-hour course open to those who have successfully completed the Introductory course. Classes meet one Saturday per month. Cost: $600 per semester.
- The Advanced course (therapy level) is a 64-hour course open to those who have successfully completed the Intermediate course and who wish to become dyslexia therapists. Classes meet one Saturday per month. Cost: $600 per semester.
Pre-requisites for Summer Course and Intermediate Level Course: Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Education or a related field).
Requisite at the time of Trainee’s Certification at the Therapy Level: Master’s degree in Education or related field
Introductory Level Course: Summer 10-day Intensive Training
- Theory and practical application of intensive 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.
- 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.
Graduate Credit (4 units) for Professional Development is available from Adams State University, (Alamosa, Colorado) for an additional fee of $55 per unit. Resident status not required.
Summer 2021 Application as a writable document.
Summer 2021 Application as a PDF.
Intermediate Level Course – The Teaching Level
Fall and Spring Semesters
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.
Graduate Credit (2 units per semester) for Professional Development available from Adams State University (Alamosa, CO) for an additional fee of $55 per unit. Resident status not required.
Advanced Level Course – The Therapy Level
Fall and Spring
Trainees can 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.
Graduate Credit (2 units per semester) for Professional Development is available from Adams State University for an additional fee of $55 per unit. Resident status not required.
Successful completion of all courses and clinical requirements by MLTI trainees, who have a Master’s degree in education or related field, can lead to national certification with the Academic Language Therapy Association.