Each dyslexia therapy session will be conducted using the Take Flight program that was written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Scottish Rite for Children (SRC) in Dallas, Texas. This comprehensive program is Orton Gillingham based which means it is multisensory, systematic, explicit, and comprehensive.
We will start with the simplest language concepts and build towards the complex components while providing continual repetition with previously learned concepts, cumulatively so that they build on each other.
Key research findings on Take Flight include:
- Students who complete Take Flight instruction show significant growth in all areas of reading skill.
- Follow-up research with children who completed treatment indicates that students maintain the benefits of instruction on word reading skills and continue to improve in reading comprehension.
- Students with the lowest reading skills acquire the strongest gains from Take Flight instruction.
Right now, each therapy session will take place in my home office in Frederick, CO. My office has been designed to accommodate all the aspects of this program. This program is very hands on and requires the use of a lot of materials that are difficult to transport to and from different locations.
I am working on making this therapeutic program available virtually. However, conducting therapy online is not the best option for all students. There are students who need and greatly benefit from in person instruction. Online options for tutoring will be approved after I determine that the student can progress and benefit in an online setting.
Tutoring sessions will be an hour long for a minimum of 3 days a week, 4 days is ideal and if this is something that will work with your lifestyle and schedule it would be wonderful. This program is designed to be a two year intervention at the very least. The therapeutic nature of this program allows for us to go at the pace of your student and we will always work concepts until they are at a mastery level to ensure that your student will be as successful as possible in life after therapy. As a therapeutic program it needs to be administered frequently to make the maximum impact on a dyslexic mind. I realize that this program requires a lot of commitment from you and your student. Reading struggles impact all aspects of life and it is worth the commitment now to ensure that your student conquers their reading challenges so they will have the confidence to accomplish all of the amazing things they are capable of!
After each session students will come home with a worksheet that is called RAP (reading automaticity practice.) This worksheet will require practice at home and your student will need your supervision to complete them. If a student practices a rap sheet on their own without knowing when they have made a mistake they will not benefit from the practice. The rap sheet will only require 15 minutes of your time completed over 3 separate 5 min sessions. We will go into more detail about the parent/guardian requirements to ensure success for the student.
There may be times when I send home additional practice that covers other area's of the Take Flight program that your student may need a boost in. I understand that your student may already have homework from school so anything I send home will be quick and beneficial and will never be busy work.