Certified Academic Language Therapist
Deborah is a compassionate, committed person who will help your child reach their full potential in reading, writing, and spelling. She has taught in the public schools for the last twelve (12) years as a Dyslexia teacher. During that time, she tested students for the characteristics of Dyslexia, and completed the reports to review the data with the child’s guardian/parent. She has an excellent rapport, not only with her students, but also with their families. Prior to those years she was a fifth grade classroom teacher.
She holds a license through the State of Texas, as a LDT (Licensed Dyslexia Therapist), and is also a CALT (Certified Academic Language Therapist).
Deborah is specially trained in the multi-sensory approach which uses the five (5) senses to unlock a student’s ability to read, write, and spell with confidence.
This strategy engages students by making learning fun by helping them to understand the spelling of words. It also focuses on the instructional details behind reading a passage, and/or the mechanics of writing.
Some Facts About Dyslexia
20% of the population is Dyslexic
Dyslexia is a neurological difference in the brain
Dyslexia is a language-based learning difference
*Source: Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
Dyslexia Can Be Mild, Moderate, or Severe
Number of times before a person with Dyslexia can master a concept
Reading is not a natural skill. Good reading instruction needs to include the following: phonics, vocabulary, morphology, comprehension, spelling, handwriting, and composition. For those people that have difficulties in letter formation, letter sounds, encoding, and tying those concepts together; learning to read can be overwhelming.
Once a child acquires the skills and knows when and how to use these skills, reading can start to become easier. This child will be able to code words that he doesn’t know. The same student will recall the sequential approaches rather than guessing. Correct spelling happens more often. The student ‘sees’ when the word doesn’t look right, and can use the methods taught during a lesson with a therapist.
As students progress through the program, they start understanding that the skills and strategies all mesh together to help with the words that they don’t know. This understanding can cross into other areas as well. For example: math (word problems), science & social studies (understanding concepts when reading), and sometimes even the emotional concepts.