Training Center Overview

LEAD is accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) at all four levels: Teaching, Instructor of Teaching, Therapy, and Instructor of Therapy. This designation is earned by teacher training centers that adhere to high standards. LEAD is also recognized by the International Dyslexia Association. 

Our teaching/practitioner and therapy level training is designed to prepare individuals to work with students who have dyslexia or a related written language disorder. They may provide the instruction in one-on-one or in small group settings and in public or private situations. The training is a research-based approach which evolved from Orton-Gillingham and combines all three learning modalities – auditory, visual and kinesthetic. The current course has its foundation in Alphabetic Phonics and from the beginning was designed to teach reading, spelling and writing to students identified with dyslexia. This neurobiological disorder affects individuals with average to above average intelligence without the interference of sensory impairment.

The National Reading Panel’s research identified five components of effective reading instruction which are included in the LEAD training. In addition to these, course participants receive comprehensive training in multisensory teaching methods and strategies, discovery learning techniques, linguistic theory and foundation, the structure of the English language, lesson planning, and documentation of student progress.

Instruction Components

  • phonological awareness
  • alphabetic principle
  • vocabulary development
  • reading (decoding, fluency, and comprehension)
  • spelling
  • cursive handwriting
  • written expression
  • listening comprehension

Upon successful completion of the course, graduates are eligible to take the National Alliance Registration Exam and make application to become members of the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA).

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