" I learned the sound of each letter, how sounds blend, and every rule of the English language. During lessons, I would make connections in my brain that “typical” brains do not need to be specifically taught. I would decode each part of words and identify any rules that applied. Through repetition and frequent assessments to monitor how I was doing, I was able to teach my brain to make connections I was not able to before. This made reading a much less challenging task so I was able to read with better fluency, which helped me better understand what I was reading".
Student who received ASDEC services from her public school.
Grammar and Study Skills Online Workshops Presented by Joy Jacques and Marilyn Zecher
Joy Jacques, CALT former director of ASDEC’s Summer Study Skills program presents a workshop on Multisensory Grammar Instruction. The presentation, designed for teachers, parents, academic therapists and other educators, presents multisensory methods for teaching the parts of speech and related basic grammar skills. Hanbdoouts and sample lessons will be available to all participants. To watch a sample of the grammar workshop, click here.
Marilyn Zecher, CALT Director of Multisensory Math presents Input-Output- Learning and Study Strategies to support memory
This presentation will focus on the use of graphic organizers, imagery and strategies for summarizing for cumulative test/exam review. The strategies utilize a multisensory approach which is highly visual and allows students to create their own mastery materials for truly retaining concepts, content and vocabulary. We will explore simple vehicles which students can learn to generate themselves to solidify learning. Graphic organizers have been shown to be effective learning tools for all ages. Deschler's work at the University of Kansas has had a profound effect on helping educators find ways to engage students in effective study and learning techniques. This presentation takes that "ball" and move it down the field in new ways. You will see samples of actual student work from visual dictionaries to history and ELA reviews to Spanish Language practice sheets. We will look at applications in multiple content areas and see how creative our students can be.
You may view the pre-recorded workshops at any time during the course. You will have the opportunity to meet live online with each instructor, see dates below. You will also have the opportunity to post questions in a blog in the course page where you will interact with the instructor and other studentsNext Course: TBD
Therapy Training Course
Language 1: Sounds In Syllables ONLINE
ASDEC faculty present Sounds In Syllables (SIS), one of the most powerful Orton-Gillingham based methods designed to teach reading (decoding, fluency, and comprehension). These methods integrate research-based evidence from neurology, cognitive sciences, psychology, speech-language pathology, and linguistics to produce the most durable remediation for students with even the most severe learning disabilities.
Required for Therapy Level Certification
Therapy Training Course
Language 2: Sounds In Syllables ONLINE
ASDEC faculty introduce students to the higher linguistic concepts taught from level 2 through level 4 of Sounds in Syllables by Sandra Dillon. In addition to learning these concepts, the student will demonstrate multisensory instructional methods for teaching these concepts to their students.
Additional areas of study will include reading in-depth articles and chapters on multisensory instruction by leaders in the field of dyslexia. Areas of concentration will include higher levels in Alphabet skills, Handwriting, Spelling and Verbal Expression as well as discussion of written expression, vocabulary and etymology.
Practitioner Level Course
Language Foundations: Structured Literacy Basics OnsiteLanguage Foundations (also known as “Structured Language Basics – SLB, is an Orton-Gillingham based multisensory approach to teaching reading-language arts skills in an inclusive classroom. This curriculum is equally successful with elementary, secondary, and adult students for whom reading and spelling present significant problems. More importantly, the use of Language Foundations in the primary grades can act as a preventative measure for difficulty with reading and spelling in the later grades.
Over 9,000 teachers have been trained in Language Foundations (LF) with research indicating substantial improvement among students receiving LF instruction. Teachers deliver a scripted curriculum of 125 multisensory lessons that provide instruction in reading, spelling, grammar, handwriting and composition. In addition, teachers receive a full kit of instructional materials. Teachers are not required to make additional instructional materials. The comprehensive materials tool kit includes teacher manual, manipulatives and student kits.
Practitioner Level Course
Multisensory Math 1 ONLINE
Based on the Orton-Gillingham philosophy of teaching, Marilyn Zecher's Multisensory Mathematics I applies the research-based Concrete-Representation-Abstract (CRA) approach to teaching mathematics as advocated by the National Math Panel and the NCTM. Participants learn to apply this methodology in guiding students from foundation skills and numeracy to place value, operations, fractions and decimals. Participants learn to use manipulatives effectively to reinforce concepts, aid memory and enhance performance for all students. Strategies for helping students learn and retrieve math facts are stressed as well as structured procedures for computational accuracy. This approach is especially effective with students who learn differently, inclusion classes and ESL learners. The approach is effective for initial instruction as well as remedial work at all levels and is compatible with all curricula and programs.
Multisensory Math 2 ONLINE
Marilyn Zecher presents the follow-up course to Multisensory Math 1. Based on the Orton-Gillingham philosophy of teaching, Multisensory Mathematics II applies the research-based Concrete-Representation-Abstract (CRA) approach to teaching mathematics as advocated by the National Math Panel and the National Council of Teachers of Math (NCTM). Participants learn to apply this methodology in guiding students from foundation skills such as multiplication, division and fractions to operations in upper levels of math including Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry. This approach is especially effective with students who learn differently, inclusion classes and ELL learners. The approach is effective for initial instruction as well as remedial work at all levels and is compatible with all curricula and programs.
Early Identification and Intervention Course
The Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center (ASDEC) is pleased to present K-Reading KickStart Program, developed by Mona Iyer, AMS, CALT, CDT. Ms. Iyer is an early childhood reading specialist with over 25 years teaching highly successful strategies for reading, writing, handwriting, and spelling.
K-Reading KickStart integrates foundational Orton-Gillingham instructional methods with highly effective Montessori strategies for multi-sensory learning. The objective of this program is to provide a strong foundation in reading, writing and comprehension to young learners and provide a path for continued enhancement of reading skills by identifying different learning paths for groups with different learning abilities. Using evidence-based screeners, teachers will learn how to group students according to their learning needs.
ASDEC faculty teach a series of courses at our Rockville location that prepare individuals for certification as Academic Therapists. These courses are also open to teachers, parents, and other educators who are interested in learning the most effective multisensory strategies for teaching reading and math. We provide graduate credits through Trinity University Washington that can be used for teacher certification, salary increments, or for re-certification/seat hours, where applicable.