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“My 5th grade son misses his recess and Special Education time to go outside of school to learn Sounds In Syllables. He loves the program. He has said he really feels like he is learning to read. He says he doesn’t mind missing recess because what he is learning makes sense.”

– Parent in Montgomery County Public Schools

spring intensive program FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 2-6:


Students in grades 2-6 will work one to one with an Academic Language Therapist three  times per week for 50 minutes. Clinical supervisors will observe student progress on a weekly basis to monitor student response. Parent/Guardians will receive progress reports at the end of the 7-week program.  Financial assistance is available to students currently enrolled in Free and Reduced Meals (FARMS - proof of receipt required with program registration).

ASDEC SPECIALISTS TEACH SOUNDS IN SYLLABLES, THE ONLY ORTON-GILLINGHAM BASED program that meets all critieria for an Intensive Tier 3 intervention program in Maryland. The program provides intensive instruction in reading, writing, spelling, and handwriting. Physical movement is added to the visual and auditory stimuli to provide multisensory learning. The hands-on aspect of the structured routines facilitates attention and concentration. The careful development of conceptual understanding and the high level of repetition reinforce memory. All activities build on the mastery of skills, which helps students build self-esteem as they experience success each day.

Who should attend?

Students in grades 2-6, who currently are struggling in school and require special accommodations as specified in an IEP or some other educational plan.

What will they learn? Students work one-to-one with an academic therapist in the following:

Multisensory Language Training
ASDEC’s Sounds In Syllables teaches phonemic awareness, decoding, fluency, and comprehension procedures that focus attention, improve memory, and reduce anxiety.

Verbal Expression
Through interactive activities and games, students improve language skills through sentence expansion, categorizing and sequencing activities, and deductive reasoning methods.


February 27 - April 21, 2023 (No sessions during the week of April 3)

Cost:$1,000 plus $100 non-refundable application fee

Location: Varies, some onsite space available.


How to Apply

Application Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Non- refundable Application Fee
  • A recent (within two years) psycho-educational evaluation

Application Process

  1. Complete online pre-registration form
  2. Pay non-rfundable application fee
  3. Submit your child’s testing to us at [email protected]
  4. ASDEC will review testing and contact you regarding next steps
  5. If your child is accepted into the program we ask that you complete payment for the program.


ASDEC for students in grades 2-10: SUMMER 2023 Registration opens in December

ASDEC faculty work directly with elementary, middle school, and high school students in our intensive summer program where students raise their reading and writing skills dramatically by working one to one with highly trained and closely supervised staff.  In addition, ASDEC is developing clinics located throughout the region that will assist students with writing, math and study skills.

ASDEC therapists also teach dyslexic adults how to read giving them the literacy skills they need to enter the workplace and participate more fully in the community.

"I just wanted to send a quick note to update you on my son AJ.  He loved the ASDEC summer reading course.  On the last day, he quietly turned to his mom and asked, “Can I go to reading camp again next summer?”  We think it really helped to feel normal, and to have a cohort." 

Parent of summer elementary student

ASDEC Intensive Reading Programs

For close to two decades, years, ASDEC master teachers have been delivering the most powerful Orton-Gillingham teaching methods to students during our summer program. Our elementary students work with Academic Therapists one to one and in small groups while older students work in small groups with senior ASDEC faculty members. In addition, ASDEC-trained Math Specialists bring years of experience to our summer programs.

New this year: Winter Intensive

Certified Academic Therapists

ASDEC therapists work with students for a minimum of three times per week.  Accreditation through the International Multisensory Language Education Council (IMSLEC) ensures that students receive an approved Orton-Gillingham Based Reading curriculum. ASDEC is the only IMSLEC training center in the Washington, DC area that has received a direct endorsement from the International Dyslexia Association for meeting its rigorous Knowledge and Practice Standards for Reading Instruction.

We provide direct referral services to our Academic Language Therapists. Please contact us to schedule an intake meeting by phoning us at 301-762-2414 or sending an email to [email protected] To join our Academic Therapy Wait list, click here.

When evaluating the credentials of reading specialist, the International Dyslexia Association recommends using their EVALUATING EDUCATIONAL PROFESSIONALS guide. ASDEC therapists meet all of these standards.


ASDEC - Dyslexia Therapy, Training, and Parent Advocacy

17 West Jefferson Street, Suite 100
Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 301-762-2414
Email: [email protected]

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ASDEC is accredited by the International Mulitsensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC), one of two organizations in the US to receive the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) endorsement for meeting teacher training standards in reading.

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