The International Dyslexia Association states that "when reading is taught by highly knowledgeable and skilled teachers of reading, all but the most severe reading difficulties can be resolved or, at the very least, greatly improved." Current research supports the use of Structured Literacy (often called Orton-Gillingham based instruction) in remediating dyslexia. I offer a Structured Literacy approach that is systematic, cumulative, explicit, intensive, and multisensory.
My Qualifications and Experience
I have been a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist for 19 years. My college coursework included classes in phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics, the very content that is embodied by a Structured Literacy approach. While dyslexia therapy is NOT considered speech therapy, I do hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). According to ASHA, this is "a nationally recognized professional credential that represents a level of excellence in the field of Audiology (CCC-A) or Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP). Those who have achieved the CCC—ASHA certification—have voluntarily met rigorous academic and professional standards, typically going beyond the minimum requirements for state licensure. They have the knowledge, skills, and expertise to provide high quality clinical services, and they actively engage in ongoing professional development to keep their certification current." See the ASHA website for more information.
In addition to my college degrees, I have sought continuing education in the science of reading. I completed 60 hours of training through an IDA-accredited program and am in process of obtaining my Certified Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist (C-SLDS) certification from the Center for Effective Reading Instruction. I am passionate about continuing to seek relevant professional development courses to review current literature and expand my skills. Additionally, I have hundreds of hours of experience homeschooling my own dyslexic child.
The program I use for dyslexia intervention is based on Orton-Gillingham principles. I meet weekly, via Zoom, with each client and their parent(s), where I review old concepts and introduce new ones. Then parent and child participate in game-based reviews and reinforcement on their own for about 15 minutes, 4 days a week. This format offers up to 400% more practice than twice/week sessions with a traditional therapist. See Lexercise.com for more information.