Therapist Training

Our trainees become specialists in teaching the structure of the written English language and in utilizing intensivemultisensory therapy techniques designed for students with a reading, writing, and/or spelling disability.

The core curriculum is Sounds In Syllables, Multisensory Structured Language Therapy, a research based program used successfully for over three decades in public and private schools and in clinics. 

Trainees learn to identify students for whom these techniques are essential, and learn effective strategies for teaching them. Primary emphasis is on procedures developed to teach bright students with severe reading and spelling disabilities – those who often seem“intervention resistant.” 

The dyslexia therapist training course incorporates academic instruction, clinical training, and supervised practicum in these areas: 

  • Theories, history, characteristics of specific development dyslexia, and appropriate models of instruction.
  • A structured, multisensory, process-oriented approach to teach reading which integrates the motor skills needed to develop
    • Phonemic awareness
    • Word attack skills
    • Accuracy and fluency
    • Linguistic and morphologic pattern awareness, and
    • Listening and reading comprehension skills. 
  • A structured, multisensory, process-oriented approach to teaching spelling which integrates the motor skills needed for written spelling, and emphasizes
    • Phonologic/phonemic awareness
    • Basic and advanced sound/symbol relationships, and
    • Rules and generalizations for spelling basewords and derivatives. 
  • Remediation of handwriting difficulties
  • Research pertaining to dyslexia and related language learning disorders. 


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