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ASDEC faculty teach a series of courses 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.

Study Skills and Learning Strategies (Winter)

Instructor:  Dr. Anthony Henley

Course Description: Evidence-based methods to help students improve executive functioning, test-taking skills, and comprehension. Instruction is based primarily on the SKORE method developed by Claire Nissenbaum, a Fellow of the Orton-Gillingham Academy and Founder of ASDEC. Participants will also learn to provide students with an overview of phonics and general study skills. In addition, they will learn how to boost test-taking skills that emphasize understanding directions and identifying key words. 

Study Skills is one of four required courses for Academic Therapy (AT) Certification. Participants may begin their AT training with this course.

Next Class: February 2 - April 13, 2019 with four onsite sessions in our Rockville .

Find out more and register online.

K-Reading Kickstart: Multisensory Structured Literacy: New Course

K-Reading Kickstart Program

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. Using evidence-based screeners, teachers will learn how to group students according to their learning needs. 

K-Reading Kickstart delivers a  prescriptive approach to reading and writing  i.e. when a lesson is taught, the curriculum allows grouping of students according to their abilities and progress, and provides time to repeat lessons as required.  This helps student groups to move at a pace that is appropriate for them.  The program provides learning modules in the key areas of phonemic awareness, alphabet skills, phonics, reading, and spelling to help the planning of detailed lessons for the entire year.  The learning modules also help design flexibility into the lessons to cater to the specialized needs of students as appropriate.

Teachers participating in the three-day workshop will receive lesson plans, teacher re-producible masters, and a starter kit of manipulatives.

K-Reading Kickstart instructors will be available to monitor teacher learning and program implementation for up to six months following the training.

Date March 30, 31 and April 6, 7, 2019 from 9:30-3:30

Where:  ASDEC, 17 West Jefferson Street, Rockville

Cost: $650 (for first 4 people to register before January 1) $700 after January 2, 2019.

Materials included. Click here  to download additional information about this exciting new course.


Trinity Graduate Credit: Contact Ellen O'Neill at  [email protected] for information and to register

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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