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The ALT Lab Program provides paid work experience to ALTs in training.

Academic Language Therapy (ALT)

Academic Language Therapy is a proven approach to help students learn to read by capitalizing on their strengths while providing individualized, structured instruction tailored to meet their learning needs. ALT is a systematic, multisensory, phonics-based approach to teaching reading, writing, and spelling. Students are instructed in phonemic awareness, letter recognition, decoding, spelling, fluency, comprehension, handwriting, vocabulary, and oral and written expression. Students may additionally work with Latin and Greek roots, advanced vocabulary in expository passages, and metacognitive strategies for reading and writing.

RS Institute ALT Lab Program

The Rawson Saunders Institute (RSI) is an educational training center and resource for educators, parents, and others interested in learning the Rawson Saunders research-based, multisensory approach to teaching essential language skills. Basic Language Skills is an Orton-Gillingham based program developed at Neuhaus Education Center, and is the core curriculum for RSI’s Dyslexia Teacher and Therapist Preparation Programs.* This intensive, therapeutic program meets the Texas Dyslexia Legislation guidelines and has been proven extremely effective with dyslexic students. ALTs in the ALT Lab Program have completed at least one year of the certification program and are working toward its completion under the supervision of the RSI’s Director of Programs.

* RSI Dyslexia Preparation Programs meet the International Dyslexia Association’s Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading, Texas licensure requirements, criteria for membership in the Academic Language Therapy Association, and are approved by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC).

Tutor placement

Student needs are matched with ALT experience and relevant course work completed.

Under the supervision of the Institute’s Director of Programs, ALTs plan and provide appropriate lessons based on the student’s needs. Student lessons are customized for each child, and instruction is individually paced. Instruction builds on student success, and a consistent schedule of three or four 1-hour sessions each week is required to ensure student mastery of essential literacy skills.

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