Elevate Student Success is proud to offer dyslexia therapy using Take Flight, an evidence-based, comprehensive intervention based on the Orton-Gillingham curriculum written by the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.
What is Take Flight?
Take Flight is based on the pioneering research of Dr. Samuel T. Orton, neuropsychiatrist, and the educational and psychological insights of Anna Gillingham. The Orton-Gillingham techniques for children lacking a talent for language became the basis of a pilot from 1965-1975 at the Language Laboratory at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, TX. An interdisciplinary team worked to incorporate multisensory teaching techniques, current findings in learning theories, and discovery teaching into the Take Flight curriculum.
What makes Take Flight an effective intervention?
Take Flight addresses the five components of effective reading instruction identified by the National Reading Panel’s research and is a comprehensive Tier III intervention for students with dyslexia.
What are the 5 components of effective reading instruction?
- Phonemic Awareness – Follows established procedures for explicitly teaching the relationships between speech-sound production and spelling-sound patterns.
- Phonics – Provides a systematic approach to single word decoding.
- Fluency – Uses research-proven directed practice in repeated reading of words, phrases, and passages to help students read a newly encountered text more fluently.
- Vocabulary – Features multiple word learning strategies (definitional, structural, contextual) and explicit teaching techniques with application in the text.
- Reading Comprehension – Teaches students to explicitly use and articulate multiple comprehension strategies for narrative and expository text.