"My son has had a huge improvement from 6th to 7th grade in doing homework independently and the only thing that I can possibly think is the reason is the study skills and reading and writing help he received last summer." Middle School Parent
Academic Writing and Study Skills:
Middle and high school students must complete increasingly challenging writing assignments across the curriculum. Most students, however, have not mastered the grammar and language skills necessary to become effective and confident writers.
ASDEC’s middle/high school specialists use state-of-the art multisensory strategies to help students improve reading, grammar, writing, and study skills in a lively small group setting. The program provides students with some of the most critical and necessary skills required for academic writing at the secondary level. Students will learn the multisensory process approach to improve sentences, paragraphs, and multi-paragraph essays.
Study skills instruction is embedded within the academic writing curriculum and will focus on time management, organization, vocabulary development, text annotation, webbing, summarizing, and source citation. Students will learn techniques that significantly improve comprehension and memory. Additionally, they will use software tools that aid in mastery of content information and organization.
Who should Attend?
Students who currently are struggling in school and require special accommodations as specified in an IEP or some other educational plan.
Pre-tests and post-tests administered in past summer programs reveal significant gains for participants in grammar and writing. Parents also report that their children demonstrate improved ability to complete short and long-term projects independently and on time.
Cost: $1,100 plus a non-refundable application fee.
Laurie Moloney, CALT holds a B.A. In English and is a certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT). She began her training in 1989 - first at the Tri-Services/National Institute of Dyslexia and then at the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center (ASDEC), where she completed her training, was a faculty and board member, and supervised interns. She is a member of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA). Currently, she is President of DCIDA, the metropolitan DC branch of the International Dyslexia Association.
Ms. Moloney maintains a private practice, serving students of all ages -- from the mildly involved to the severely learning disabled. She specializes in teaching students to read and spell fluently; take notes from textbooks, literature, and lecture; remember what they read and hear using powerful memory strategies; enlarge their vocabulary exponentially through the study of Greek and Latin morphemes; write well; manage their time and school materials effectively; and self-advocate.