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Registration for 
Summer, 2024 virtual SIS Training for CALTs is now open!

Training to be an SIS
Academic Therapist

Proficiency in employing multisensory, structured, concept-oriented, and synthetic teaching strategies, along with a comprehensive understanding of English phonology and orthography, is absolutely essential for individuals seeking to successfully implement Sounds In Syllables as a remediation program for students with dyslexia. Such a nuanced skill set not only enables educators to cater to the unique learning needs of these students but also empowers them to create a supportive and effective learning environment, ultimately enhancing the prospects of students with dyslexia in achieving reading proficiency.

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To receive training in Sounds In Syllables from an accredited training center, contact:

The Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center        301-762-2414

Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland

Offering in-person and live virtual instruction

Multisensory Language Training Institute of NM

San Cristobal, NM 87564

Offering live virtual instruction

What to Expect Training Through ASDEC

As an IMSLEC accredited training center, ASDEC certifies Academic Therapists in Sounds In Syllables, one of the most powerful Orton-Gillingham-based approaches to teaching reading (decoding, fluency, and comprehension), spelling, and the foundations of syntax and grammar. Experienced ASDEC faculty deliver in-depth training courses that prepare Academic Therapists to work one on one or in small groups with students.

Unlike many training programs that simply train in methodology, ASDEC interns learn and practice the multisensory language procedures in the Sounds In Syllables Curriculum.

Academic Therapists train for over two years at ASDEC to achieve national recognition as Certified Academic Language Therapists (CALT). The denotation of CALT identifies the individual as a member of the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) and verifies that the individual has achieved the highest level of competency in the field of dyslexia education.

One-On-One Tutoring


Therapists must complete 200 class hours and 700 practicum teaching hours under the supervision of ASDEC faculty. This supervised teaching enables interns to apply the lessons learned in their classes to actual teaching sessions with students under the careful guidance of master teachers. 


This core element of ASDEC’s training program explains why our therapeutic approach is so successful, especially for those students who may have failed to learn under other specialized programs.

"I am implementing the Sounds In Syllables curriculum for my 10th and 11th graders at a public school. They just started and I am overjoyed at their engagement. I literally leave work HAPPY during one of the most miserable years to work in public education:) They love learning cursive the most and are so proud of themselves. It is so cool to see them feel so proud and excited about reading."

High School Teacher and ASDEC trained SIS Academic Therapist

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