Educational Outreach

The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders offers seminars to assist educators in the understanding of dyslexia and the identification process within the public school setting, and dyslexia interventions developed at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Training and support are provided in the following seminars:

For additional information regarding Center for Dyslexia events, please contact us at 214-559-7817 or 800-421-1121, ext. 7817.

Dyslexia Seminars

This seminar is designed for educators and parents who are wanting a better understanding of dyslexia.
This session will include:
  • an in-depth study of the definition and characteristics of dyslexia 
  • how to develop and implement accommodations for students with dyslexia 
  • a review of the laws and guidelines that guide dyslexia identification and intervention requirements in Texas public schools 
  • demonstration of the use of comprehension strategies for classroom and home use 
  • information covered in the TEA Dyslexia Handbook
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children offers seminars for Texas educators who are responsible for administering tests and performance measures and/or using the results to identify students with dyslexia and recommend placement. The seminars are based upon the laws, procedures and guidelines governing Texas public schools. The available seminars are Identifying Dyslexia: The Very Basics, Identifying Dyslexia: Beyond the Basicsand The Special Education Opportunity.

These seminars will highlight:
  • The foundation of the definition of dyslexia as a guide to data gathering and interpretation 
  • Data gathering and data review, including parent and teacher questionnaires 
  • Inclusion and interpretation of early reading assessments 
  • Inclusion and interpretation of Response to Intervention (RtI) data in identification of dyslexia and in progress monitoring of interventions 
  • Development of student profiles and interpretation for the identification of dyslexia

This seminar is designed for Texas educators who are new to the process and procedures for the identification of students with dyslexia for the purpose of placement in dyslexia intervention programs. The event will be held at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, Texas 75219.
The seminar will include:
  • a review of the current research-based definition of dyslexia 
  • a brief introduction to test instruments for a dyslexia identification test battery 
  • a definition-based paradigm and profile for dyslexia identification 
  • the core principles of dyslexia identification, including standards of measurement, data gathering, review of early reading assessments and Response to Intervention (RtI) progress measures 
  • case studies that allow the participants to recognize the characteristic profiles of students with dyslexia and to make decisions regarding placement 
  • examples of definition-based teacher and parent questionnaires
For training on test instruments, see Region 10 ESC or local ESC.
 

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is offering a seminar for educators responsible for administering tests and performance measures and/or interpreting assessment results to identify students with dyslexia and recommend instructional intervention. The seminar is "Beyond the Basics," and is specifically designed for those with experience in the dyslexia identification process who would like to review, refine and update their knowledge.

The seminar will highlight:
  • Application of the definition of dyslexia to the identification of dyslexia 
  • Case studies of student profiles both with and without dyslexia 
  • Case studies of student profiles that go "beyond the basics," including those with complications of ADHD or developmental oral language challenges 
  • Case studies that consider intervention decisions based upon the student's response to intervention 
  • Case studies submitted by those attending

Many previous participants have found the most valuable aspect of the seminar is the opportunity to submit their own difficult and confusing case profiles and data.

Register by October 18, 2018 in order to receive direction on how your student's profile can be included as a part of the seminar.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is offering a workshop for assessment professionals with graduate-level training and degrees in test administration and interpretation, including Educational Diagnosticians, Licensed Specialists in School Psychology, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Licensed Professional Counselors
NOTE: No substitutions for registrants will be accepted without prior approval. Please call or email if you want to replace a registered person with another person.

The seminar will highlight:
  • Assessment data gathering that would suggest the need to consider dyslexia 
  • Test instruments and the decision‐making process to more specifically evaluate the core features of dyslexia within the context of a full and individual evaluation 
  • Student profiles that require more in‐depth interpretation due to complications such as AD/HD 
  • How to communicate dyslexia information to parents: responding to frequently asked questions.
Rite Flight: A Classroom Reading Rate Programand Rite Flight: A Classroom Comprehension Program are supplemental programs written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Rite Flight is not a comprehensive dyslexia intervention. Rite Flight: Rate and Rite Flight: Comprehensionare designed to be a Tier II interventionfor use by classroom teachers, reading specialists and special education teachers with first through eighth grade students within the framework of a Response to Intervention (RtI) model. Rite Flight can be used as a supplemental intervention for individuals, small groups or the entire classroom. Rite Flight can be used in conjunction with an existing dyslexia program to enhance fluency and comprehension instruction.

The Rite Flight Workshop addresses two important components identified by the National Reading Panel as needed for effective reading instruction – Reading Rate (Fluency) and Reading Comprehension.

 
Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia
  • A two-year curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders
  • Contains the five components of effective reading instruction identified by research from the National Reading Panel
Take Flight was designed for:
  • children with dyslexia seven years and older 
  • one-on-one or small group instruction (no more than 6 students) 
  • use by a Certified Academic Language Therapist 
  • instruction four days a week – sixty minutes per day for two years
    or
    instruction five days a week - forty five minutes per day for two years
Take Flight key findings include:
  • Students that complete Take Flight instruction show significant growth in all areas of reading skill. 
  • Follow-up research on children who completed treatment indicates that students maintain the benefits of instruction on word reading skills and continue to improve in reading comprehension after one year.
Take Flight Support
If you are a user in Take Flightview our support portal for additional information. If you are having trouble connecting to this page, please call you training center for username and password

For more information: Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia.

The Take Flight Therapist Retraining seminar is held annually and is available to individuals who have gone through a two year academic Language Therapy program especially designed for students with dyslexia.

 
The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders offers a two-year Therapist Training program for certified Texas public school teachers. This comprehensive training is designed for teachers of students with dyslexia using proven intervention techniques and is accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Educational Council. Candidates for the training must be employed by a Texas public school, hold a valid Texas teaching certificate and have written support from their school district.
Graduates of the Therapist Training program are eligible to sit for The Alliance for Accreditation and Certification of Structured Language Education, Inc. certification exam at the therapy level. Twelve hours of graduate-level credit are offered through Midwestern State University. 

General Program Information
 
The course offers training in:
  • Educational identification of dyslexia 
  • Characteristics of dyslexia 
  • Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia, a multisensory, structured approach to teaching:​
    • ​​Phonemic awareness 
    • Phonic skills 
    • Vocabulary 
    • Fluency 
    • Comprehension skills 
    • Spelling 
    • Handwriting
  • Classroom strategies and techniques used for students with dyslexia 
  • Conducting parent and teacher information seminars 
Candidates for the training must:
  • Be employed by a Texas public school 
  • Hold a teaching certificate 
  • Have administrative support

Length of the Program

  • Two Years
     
Brief description of the two years:

Year One
  • Identification and Placement Seminar 
  • Introductory Course includes​
    • Sixteen(16) week days in the summer 
    • Monday-Thursday 
    • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Five (5) Introductory Seminars during the school day 
  • Five (5) video demonstration lessons 
  • One (1) approved professional conference
Year Two
  • Five (5) days in the summer 
  • Advanced Course includes​
    • Monday – Friday 
    • 8:00 am – 4:00 pm 
    • Five (5) advanced seminars during the school day 
    • Five (5) video demonstration lessons 
    • One (1) approved professional conference

 

To request an application for therapist training: Please send your name and home address, along with your school district name and address to therapist.training@tsrh.org or call (214) 559-7800 or (800) 421-1121, ext. 7800. **Applications are e-mailed in November and due in March of each year.
 
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children will be hosting informative seminars at no charge for parents of a child with a diagnosis of a learning disorder. Our purpose is to empower parents with a wealth of knowledge they can use to advocate for their child today and for years to come. The following seminar is available for parents: