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Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center

“One of the things I was thinking about today is that as a kid I had dyslexia. I had a lot of trouble in school and was put into remedial classes. I thought that I was stupid.” 

Carole Greider, 2009 winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine


This is an intensive multi-sensory learning program that provides specialized instruction in reading, writing, spelling, and handwriting.

For rising 2nd - 6th grade students for the 2020-2021 school year who are currently struggling in school and/or require special accommodations as specified in an IEP or some other educational plan:

July 27 - August 14 (Monday - Friday) from 10:00AM-12:05PM

ASDEC academic language therapists will deliver structured multisensory language instruction in two online sessions each day. 

  1. Part 1: 1-on-1 Sounds In Syllables reading intervention will be provided for the first hour.
  2. Part 2: Verbal Expressions- During this intensive session, students will get to know each other through icebreakers and through interactive learning games and activities. These experiences will allow students to improve language skills through sentence expansion, categorizing and sequencing activities, and deductive reasoning methods. Students will actively participate with their academic therapist.  

For information and to register, click here.

We hope all of our friends and colleagues are healthy during this very uncertain time.  Our ASDEC therapists and supervisors are here to support our families.  During the school closures, our  specialists are committed to delivering academic therapy , multisensory math and study skills support in the most effective and least stressful manor. Now more than ever, ASDEC is emphasizing the therapy components of our service.


I appreciated Joy sharing her obvious expertise teaching grammar and working with students with dyslexia.  I initially thought the workshop was going to be a bit dry (and I like grammar) but Joy was informative and entertaining.  She shared so many great ideas and resources - it exceeded my expectations!  So often, I leave workshops with only vague ideas of implementation, but with Joy’s course, I already have grammar game plan in place for my students. (workshop participant)

Multisensory Grammar-Online: Next Workshop July 20-31, 2020 Registration Now Open

Presented by Joy Jacques

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.  

You may view the pre-recorded  workshop  (three and one-half hours) at any time during the course. You will have the opportunity to meet live online with the instructor on.  The session will be recorded if you are not able to attend.

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 students.

Activities include:

  • Color-Coded Cue Cards for parts of speech
  • Structured, sequential, instruction using concrete, representational, and abstract activities
  • Interactive games for groups and individuals
  • Application of grammatical elements to improve sentence level writing

Cost: $120

Register now!


Join our community of Academic Language Therapists this Summer - A few Spaces Remain in our Language 1 Online Class


Multisensory MATH WORKSHOPS: Virtual Training

Live with Marilyn Zecher

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ASDEC Summer Programs Go Online with Live Multisensory Instruction for students in grades 2-11: ALL PROGRAMS ARE SOLD OUT

"We initially had reservations about virtual language therapy, but have found it to be transformational for our seven-year-old son who is dyslexic and also has ADHD. During his virtual therapy sessions, he is less distracted, more focused, and is making more progress than he was previously in his in-person sessions. He quickly adapted to the technology and can use it independently, which has boosted his confidence. Discovering the effectiveness of virtual therapy has been the biggest silver lining during these otherwise challenging times. We couldn't be more thrilled with the results!" (parent of current ASDEC student)


ASDEC Webinar on Digital Therapy

Jennifer Appleton, QI Presents a two part series on digital Therapy training.  Contact us at ASDEC if you are interested in watching the webinar and receiving the online materials. This outstanding training is available until April 15 at no cost. After April 15 there will be a $30 fee.

Why the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center

Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center (ASDEC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit training and advocacy center dedicated to preventing academic failure through evidence-based multisensory reading and math instruction. ASDEC is THE only training center in Maryland that is accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) and is endorsed by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). We provide support to to educators and school district leaders, deliver information and resources to families, and offer direct services to all learners from pre-school through adults to assure reading and math success. 


for educators

ASDEC is the only externally accredited training center that  certifies dyslexia specialists in both structured literacy and math. Our instructors deliver courses and workshops using evidence-based multisensory structured methods. 

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for children

ASDEC offers an intensive summer program where students raise their reading and writing skills dramatically by working one to one with highly trained and closely supervised staff.

Summer Program 2020-Register today

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for parents

ASDEC staff provide referrals to diagnosticians who can provide a full range of educational testing and other evaluation services.  If testing results reveal learning disabilities in reading and/or math, ASDEC Clinical Directors will refer parents to ASDEC Academic Therapists.

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ASDEC Accreditation

Our staff includes Certified Academic Language Therapists, Psychologists,  authors of research papers in peer-reviewed journals and textbook chapters on effective reading instruction. 

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.

The IDA standards provide a comprehensive, research-supported documentation of what every teacher needs to know and be able to demonstrate, whether they are teaching students with dyslexia, other struggling readers, or the general student population.

ASDEC is Accredited by:

Setting the highest quality standards for Multisensory Structured Language Education

IMSLEC accredited training centers meet IDA’s standards for teachers of reading.



We raise public awareness about the need to identify and remediate dyslexia and other learning differences with the most effective evidence-based multisensory techniques.


Based on close to two decades of experience teaching and training specialists in the field of Dyslexia education, ASDEC is in a unique position to assist parents with the complex array of services that exist in the Washington, DC area.

ASDEC also delivers direct services to students through our summer program for children aged 7-15 and through our Nationally Certified Academic Therapists who serve students of all ages including adults who struggle with reading and math.


We provide phone consultations and conduct parent seminars and information sessions.

We provide referrals for students and adults who need intensive, individualized instruction.

We provide direct instructional services to children who are dyslexic or have other learning differences.

We provide classes to help adults who are dyslexic or have other learning differences.


ASDEC trains, certifies and supports Academic Therapists to deliver evidence-based multisensory instruction in reading, spelling, written language, mathematics, and study skills to students who are dyslexic or have other learning differences.

We train teachers to deliver effective multisensory educational strategies and we provide ongoing professional development to Academic Therapists, teachers and other educational leaders in evidence-based multisensory teaching strategies.

Upcoming Courses at ASDEC

Language 1 Sounds In Syllables Rockville and Virginia -- Begin your career as an Academic Therapist!  For information please attend our  Information Sessions in January!











ASDEC - Dyslexia Therapy, Training, and Parent Advocacy

17 West Jefferson Street, Suite 201
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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