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“As a middle school reading specialist, I was voted Teacher of the Year in Maryland, but it was not until I completed the Sounds In Syllables course that I can now proudly state that I am a specialist in reading.”

– Jennifer Galvez, Academic Language Therapist


Therapy Training Course

Language 1: Sounds In Syllables ONSITE

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 

Instructor: Merida Hukett, QI, CALT, MA 

Jennifer Appleton, QI, CALT, MA

Pre-Requisite: None

Next class dates:

Virginia: June 15-19,, 23-25, and 29 and 30, 2020  -

Rockville:  June 18-19, 22-26 and 6/29-July 1, 2020



Therapy Training Course

Language 2: Sounds In Syllables ONSITE

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.

Instructor:  Merida Hurkett CALT

Pre-Requisite: Must have successfully completed Language 1. Must be enrolled in ASDEC practicum (supervision).

Next class date:  Fall 2020



Practitioner Level Course

Language Foundations: Structured Literacy Basics ONSITE

Language 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.

Instructor:  Traude Smith, QI, CALT, MA

Pre-Requisite: None

Next class dates: February 3, 2020



Practitioner Level Course

Multisensory Math 1 ONSITE

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.

Instructor: Marilyn Zecher, CALT, MA

Pre-Requisite: None

Next course:  TBD



Practitioner Level Course

Multisensory Math 2 ONSITE

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.

Instructor: Marilyn Zecher, CALT, MA

Pre-Requisite: Successful completion of Multisensory Math 1 is required prior to enrolling in Math 2.

Next course:  TBD



Early Identification and Intervention Course

K-Reading Kickstart ONSITE

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. 

Instructor: Mona Iyer

Pre-Requisite: None

Next course: TBD

ASDEC Onsite Courses

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.

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ASDEC - Dyslexia Therapy, Training, and Parent Advocacy

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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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