“Neuhaus Education Center proudly supports the Key School Academic Language Therapy (KSALT) Training & Preparation Program as they build an IMSLEC Accredited Training Center.  This support includes a joined alliance of programming, curriculum, and infrastructure development. KSALT is committed to developing a strong, sustainable accredited program with the potential to impact and serve families and educators within Tarrant County.

-Neuhaus Education Center

Key School Academic Language Therapy (KSALT) Training & Preparation Program utilizes the Orton-Gillingham based Basic Language Skills (BLS) curriculum developed at Neuhaus Education Center in Houston, Texas. BLS is a systematic, sequential, intensive comprehensive literacy curriculum for use by teachers and specialists working with students identified with special needs in learning to read and spell. The curriculum is particularly effective with students with dyslexia and related disorders. Basic Language Skills meets the standards set by the Texas Education Agency outlined in The Dyslexia Handbook, International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council and the International Dyslexia Association.

Basic Language Skills is an in-depth, college-level class comprised of lecture, demonstration, and practicum. There is daily homework and preparation. All class requirements must be completed successfully for a participant to receive a certificate of completion. In an effort to ensure that success, the KSALT Director will conduct personal interviews with all candidates. Please contact the Director of KSALT to set up the interview at 817-446-3738 or email ksalt.training@ksfw.org.

Minimum Degree Required:  Bachelor’s/ Masters

     Instructional Time:  200 Hours

    Teaching Practicum Hours:  700 Clinical Teaching Hours

     Demonstration Lessons:  10 through BLS Book 3

    Additional Requirements:

  • Progress Reports
  • 4 Book Reports
  • 2 Annotated Bibliographies
  • 1 Case Study

     ALTA Competency Exam for MSLE Eligibility: Therapy Level

     Texas Licensure Eligibility: Dyslexia Practitioner (Bachelor’s),

      Dyslexia Therapist (Master’s)

We will be scheduling virtual interviews for those applying to the KSALT Program. Please contact us at ksalt.training@ksfw.org for scheduling or questions.

YEAR 1: INTRO

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YEAR 2: ADVANCED

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Year One requirements

  • Reading Readiness
  • Basic Language Skills- Introductory Class (65 hours)
  • Basic Language Skills – Book 1A (6 hours)
  • Basic Language Skills- Book 1B (6 hours)
  • Multisensory Grammar (6 hours)
  • Developing Metacognitive Strategies (12 hours)

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Course Description: Research has demonstrated the importance of phonological awareness, letter recognition, and oral language in the acquisition of reading and spelling skills. Once students understand the sound structure of spoken language and can instantly name letters, they are ready to learn how sounds map onto letters. This knowledge builds their ability to decode unfamiliar words. Comprehension is developed through listening and retelling.

In Reading Readiness, a Neuhaus Education Center program, participants learn

1) the foundational skills that are necessary to become fluent readers and accurate spellers,

2) hands-on, multisensory activities to teach and reinforce these skills,

3) strategies for building instant recognition of words with reliable and unexpected pronunciations, and

4) the importance of explicit and systematic handwriting instruction to spelling and writing.                                                                                       

*Reading Readiness is a prerequisite for the KSALT Basic Language Skills Introductory Course.


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Course Description: The words in English are traditionally classified as parts of speech based on their usage in a sentence. The parts of speech are the foundation of sentence writing, which is the foundation of all written discourse.
  • In Multisensory Grammar, participants learn 1) activities that make the abstract concept of grammar concrete, 2) strategies for increasing students’ sentence complexity when writing, and 3) use of parts of speech in the construction and revision of written paragraphs. Participants also engage in collaborative activities that extend their learning and can be presented to their students.
*This class is a prerequisite for the Basic Language Skills Language Skills Advanced Course.

Course Description: Dyslexia is characterized as difficulties with accurate and automatic word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties are unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and can lead to poor comprehension and reduced vocabulary development.

Through coursework in Basic Language Skills and intensive supervised practicum, participants learn how to plan, deliver, and measure instruction in phonemic awareness, decoding, fluency, oral language, comprehension, and composition for students with dyslexia and related disorders. This 10-day course includes two additional follow-up classes, BLS 1A and BLS 1B.       


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Course Description: In addition to skilled decoding, robust oral language and vocabulary, boundless world knowledge, adequate linguistic development, and sufficient working memory, students need to learn how to think about their thinking to understand what they are reading. That is, students need metacognitive skills for critical reading of narrative and expository texts.

In Developing Metacognitive Strategies, a Neuhaus Education Center program, participants learn 1) activities that increase oral language, 2) strategies for increasing vocabulary and background knowledge, 3) summarization activities, 4) questioning techniques, and 5) progress monitoring for fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

 

*This class is a prerequisite for the Basic Language Skills Language Skills Advanced Course.

Year Two requirements

  • • Basic Language Skills- Advanced Class (65 hours)
  • Basic Language Skills- Book 2 (6 hours)
  • Written Composition ( 6 hours)
  • Developing Vocabulary for Reading Success (3.5 hours)
  • Spelling Development (3.5 Hours)
  • Basic Language Skills – Book 3 (6 hours)
  • Elective Classes TBD – (9 hrs)

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Course Description: Through coursework in Basic Language Skills, developed at Neuhaus Education Center, students advance through more and complex concepts and intensive supervised practicum. Participants advance their knowledge and skill in planning, delivering, and measuring instruction in decoding, structural analysis, fluency, morphology, comprehension, and composition for students with dyslexia and related disorders. This 10-day course includes one additional follow-up class, BLS 2.                

*This class is a prerequisite for the Dyslexia Therapist Preparation Program.

Course Description: Vocabulary measures a person’s listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities as well as one’s general knowledge. Vocabulary size is a strong predictor of future reading, academic, and career success. In Developing Vocabulary for Reading Success, a developed Neuhaus Education Center program, participants learn strategies for learning specific vocabulary such as word webs and word-learning strategies, using contextual clues. Digital masters with eight model lessons with activities that support vocabulary development are included.                                                                       

 

 *This class is a prerequisite for the Dyslexia Therapist Preparation Program.

Course Description: In Basic Language Skills Book 3, a Neuhaus Education Center program, participants learn advanced structural analysis concepts, Greek and Latin morphemes, and additional strategies for comprehension and composition.                                                                                                                   

*This class is a prerequisite for the Dyslexia Therapist Preparation Program.

Course Description:  Written composition is the highest form of language development. Often students struggle with written composition because they are unsure about how to formulate ideas and translate them onto paper. Knowledge of the structures of different paragraphs aids students in formulating and translating ideas.

In Written Composition Fundamentals, developed at Neuhaus Education Center,  participants learn 1) how to teach the structures of descriptive, narrative, process, compare and contrast, and persuasive paragraphs, 2) how to help students enhance the quality of their paragraphs, and 3) how to teach students to edit and revise paragraphs. Participants also engage in collaborative activities that extend their learning and can be presented to their students.                                                                         

*This class is a prerequisite for the Dyslexia Therapist Preparation Program.

Course Description: In Scientific Spelling, a Neuhaus Education Center program, participants learn how to analyze spelling errors and adjust instruction to target students’ specific needs. Instruction for participants will include 1) phonemic awareness, 2) reliable spelling patterns and rules, and/or 3) strategies for learning words with unexpected spelling.                                                                     

 *This class is a prerequisite for the Dyslexia Therapist Preparation Program.

All trainees will complete 200 instructional hours by the completion of the program. Nine hours of elective coursework will be offered. Content and dates TBD.

 *This class is a prerequisite for the Dyslexia Therapist Preparation Program.