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Take Flight Reading Therapy

Take Flight Dyslexia Therapy: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia, written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at the Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital in Dallas, Texas. Take Flight intervention is for students with dyslexia or at risk of dyslexia, and the curriculum is based upon the research of Dr. Samuel T. Orton, a neuropsychiatrist, and the educational and psychological contributions of Anna Gillingham. Take Flight is designed specifically for Certified Academic Language Therapists and is intended for children seven years and older in individual and small group instruction. Therapy sessions are sixty minutes long and held four times weekly to achieve optimal results.

Enjoying a Read

The Cherished Learner Takes Flight

By: Dr. Rebecka Spencer Academic Language Therapist

Take Flight Reading: Take Flight is an accredited comprehensive intervention researched by the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia by the Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, Tx. Designed for students with dyslexia ages 7 and older. All elements include VAKT (visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile)

Components: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension.


Time frame: 2-year program 3-4 days each week including summer


Price: $250 for all the materials.  $40/session.


Structure: Small group instruction (4-6 students per cohort)


Lessons:132 lessons and 230 hours of direct instruction: 7 Books total. In the first 35 lessons (books 1 and 2), two new grapheme-phoneme rules are introduced each day. The program directly integrates grapheme introduction, phonemic awareness, and spelling. Students apply their phonics knowledge, reading single words and sentences that combine each lesson's new rules with previously learned material. Each lesson has additional opportunity for practice of the new phoneme during direct phonemic awareness and spelling exercises.

The lesson cycle takes a new look with Book 3. On alternating days, the lessons continue new grapheme-phoneme introductions with additional practice of all learned decoding rules. The alternate lessons provide the opportunity to practice previous learning through timed, repeated practice to improve reading fluency. These lessons also include comprehension strategy instruction and 20 minutes of oral reading of connected text that provides necessary practice for newly learned strategies. Students will learn all 44 phonemes of the English language, 96 grapheme-phoneme correspondence rules and 87 affixes. Students will also learn spelling rules for base words and derivatives. Practice opportunities are provided that are designed to improve oral reading fluency. Finally, Take Flight introduces comprehension and vocabulary building strategies of both narrative and expository text in the context of oral reading exercises, preparing students for successful, independent reading.

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