CERTIFIED ACADEMIC LANGUAGE THERAPIST (CALT)
Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Structured Literacy
Every child should go to school feeling confident in his or her abilities. Unfortunately, children with dyslexia often dread school because they can't keep up. We work with students to develop their confidence through skill building in reading, spelling and handwriting.
Our diagnostic and prescriptive approach is personalized to each student's specific needs. Full dedication to the reading and spelling progress of our students ensures they reach their full potential.
Read below to find out more about services we provide.
Matching print to sounds
For years, parents have depended on us to teach their children to read when the school cannot.
We use the most powerful Orton-Gillingham multisensory structured literacy program available to help your child reach his or her full potential in reading.
Matching sounds to print
We use the most powerful Orton-Gillingham multisensory structured literacy program to help students learn the rules for spelling, ensuring they have the tools to choose the correct spelling for the sounds they hear.
Using Cursive to Strengthen the Brain's Network
Research strongly supports handwriting as a tool to help the brain develop stronger neural connections. We teach all lowercase and uppercase cursive letters. Daily practice forming and reading cursive letters and syllables reinforces correct formation and connections on paper, ensuring students' long-term use of handwriting.
Erin Cole, M.A., CALT
Certified Academic Language Therapist
Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist
With a background in teaching English to speakers of other languages, and a Master's from Georgetown University's Linguistics Department, Erin found that the majority of her work was in teaching reading. In order to become certified, specialized and armed with the most advanced skills possible, she completed the most rigorous dyslexia therapy training program at ASDEC and is a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT).
Erin is committed to her students' increased confidence and success and she is focused on changing the way dyslexics' brains process language, thus enabling them to participate successfully in the classroom.
Erin is active in the Virginia Chapter of the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) and currently serves as Vice President.
Erin lives with her husband and two daughters in Vienna, Virginia. She enjoys travel, reading, and spending time with family, friends, and her therapy dog, Archie.
The learning environment is an important factor in your child's success. Archie, our therapy dog, is eager to support your child as he or she develops new skills. Archie is happy to offer a listening ear, a loving kiss, or simply a paw to hold.
If you suspect your child's reading struggles are related to dyslexia, or if your child has recently been diagnosed with dyslexia, contact me today.