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Rawson Saunders Institute


6/18/18 - 6/29/18
Basic Language Skills (BLS)—Advanced Course, Summer 2018

Reading Readiness

7/9/18 - 7/20/18
Basic Language Skills (BLS)—Introductory Course, Summer Session I, 2018 (CLASS FULL, REGISTRATION IS CLOSED)


7/23/18 - 8/3/18
Basic Language Skills (BLS)—Introductory Course, Summer Session II, 2018 (CLASS FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED)

8/4/18 & 8/11/18
Developing Metacognative Skills

Multisensory Grammar

Reading Readiness

9/15/18 - 12/1/18
Basic Language Skills (BLS)—Advanced Course, Fall 2018

9/19/18 - 12/5/18
Basic Language Skills (BLS)—Introductory Course, Fall 2018

Voracious Vocabulary

Advanced Spelling

Multisensory Grammar

1/7/19 & 1/8/19
Reading Readiness

1/12/19 - 4/27/19
Basic Language Skills (BLS)—Introductory Course, Spring 2019

1/24/19, 1/31/19, 2/21/19, 2/28/19
Developing Metacognative Skills


Advanced Syllable Division

Book 3, Basic Language Skills

4/24/19 & 4/25/19
Developing Metacognative Skills

Multisensory Grammar

6/17/19 - 6/28/19
Basic Language Skills (BLS)—Advanced Course, Summer 2019

Reading Readiness

7/8/19 - 7/19/19
Basic Language Skills (BLS)—Introductory Course, Summer Session I, 2019

Reading Readiness

7/22/19 - 8/2/19
Basic Language Skills (BLS)—Introductory Course, Summer Session II, 2019

RSI Course & Workshop Descriptions

Visit the RSI Courses & Workshops Calendar for dates and to register.

Continuing professional education credits are available for educators.

Email institute@rawsonsaunders.org  for more information about classes and the Dyslexia Therapist Preparation Program.


Reading Readiness

6 hours

Participants in this Neuhaus-developed program develop strategies for teaching phonological awareness, letter recognition, oral language, and the alphabetic principle, all of which heighten students' awareness of words and sounds to develop the essential skills that lead to reading success. Neuhaus Education Center's Reading Readiness manual is included in the course fee. This indispensable resource covers letter recognition, phonological awareness, oral language, multisensory letter introduction, and handwriting. Reading Readiness is a prerequisite for the Rawson Saunders Basic Language Skills Introductory Course.


Basic Language Skills - Introductory Course    

This two-week introductory course provides a research-based approach to teaching essential literacy skills such as phonological awareness, letter recognition, decoding, comprehension, spelling, grammar, and written composition. The course involves intensive training in a therapeutic, multisensory, Orton-Gillingham based curriculum for effectively teaching phonics and language structure to students with dyslexia and other reading challenges. The BLS Introductory Course was developed at Neuhaus Education Center in Houston, Texas, and is a requirement for the Dyslexia Therapist Preparation Program. This is a 12-day course, including two days scheduled after the 2-week class. Materials for the program are included.

Prerequisite:  Reading Readiness                 

The application process will include an interview and an observation of a BLS lesson. Please contact us to make an appointment.


Developing Metacognitive Skills

10 hours

Developing Metacognitive Skills, a Neuhaus Education Center program, builds foundational skills for oral language, vocabulary, world knowledge, and working memory, and uses research-based strategies to develop comprehension. DMS provides lessons and activities for developing vocabulary and metacognitive skills to reinforce decoding and fluency. The program focuses on three different levels:

  • Listening Comprehension
  • Transitional Metacognition
  • Guided Metacognition

The lessons introduce strategies for understanding narrative text, expository text, poetry, and graphs.  Manual and materials included.


Voracious Vocabulary

3 hours

Voracious Vocabulary is an interactive seminar on research and the “hows” of vocabulary instruction. In addition, attendees will gain insight into choosing vocabulary words that make the best choices for instruction. Teachers and tutors also experience innovative vocabulary lesson plans, including engaging activities for introducing vocabulary to students.


Multisensory Grammar

3 hours

The Multisensory Grammar Workshop offers a unique and imaginative format for the instruction of grammar, syntax, and composition.  Participants learn multisensory ways to take this abstract idea and make it concrete, understandable, and fun.  Participants also learn strategies to help students apply their knowledge of grammar into paragraph and multi-paragraph writing.

Multisensory Grammar manual and materials are included.


Dyslexia and the iPad

2 hours

Dyslexia and the iPad showcases iPad apps and accessibility features that our dyslexic students and their teachers have found especially helpful since the launch of our 1:1 iPad program. We focus on apps to support reading and writing skills and provide guidelines for evaluating apps on student dyslexia-friendliness.  We provide a list of general-use and math apps that we recommend for student use, as well as some apps for use by classroom teachers.  Bring your iPad!  A hands-on demonstration of some apps will follow the presentation, and you may want to follow along on your own device.



3 hours

Join us for a Morphology Workshop where participants will acquire strategies with which to build their students' morphological awareness. Participants discover the parts of Basic Language Skills that require morphological instruction. Workshop attendees practice BLS morphology lessons using multisensory, discovery-based instructional approaches.


Basic Language Skills - Advanced Course

The two-week BLS Advanced Course builds on the concepts presented in the Basic Language Skills Introductory Course. The BLS Advanced Course is based on the program developed at Neuhaus Education Center in Houston, Texas, and is a component of the Dyslexia Specialist Preparation Program. This is an 11-day course, including one day scheduled after the 2-week class.

Prerequisites for the advanced course are:

  • Completion of Basic Language Skills Introductory Course
  • Multisensory Grammar
  • Developing Metacognitive Skills



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