State Consultant for School-Based Speech-Language Pathology Services
LANGUAGE & LITERACY
Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA)
ALTA is a national professional member organization dedicated to the remediation of written language skills. ALTA certifies individuals trained in the remediation of written language skills. ALTA requires that members maintain and expand expertise through tracking of continuing education credits (CEUs). ALTA members are also required to follow the organization's Code of Ethics. Certification as a Certified Academic Language Therapist or an Associate Academic Language Practitioner is based on four very important components:
Supervised clinical experience
Successful completion of a national certification exam
Better Reading Comprehension, How to Speed-Read, and Some Life-Changing Literature to Improve Your Life. According to a survey done by the Jenkins Group, in the USA, 42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college and 33 percent of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives. Read to improve the way you think, communicate and act; to make you a better and smarter human being.
Susan Barton is recognized internationally as an expert in dyslexia. Her goal is to help parents, teachers, and others understand dyslexia—so they can provide the right type of help. Her website includes free online videos, how to get help, seminars/tutorials, and more.
This is a wonderful resource for the busy business parent. Bedtime Story has selected talented authors and paired them with gifted illustrators, each of whose works have been judged whimsical, magical, adventurous, humorous, or simply wonderfully imaginative.
Sightwords.com is a comprehensive sequence of teaching activities, techniques, and materials for one of the building blocks of early child literacy. This collection of resources is designed to help teachers, parents, and caregivers teach a child how to read. We combine the latest literacy research with decades of teaching experience to bring you the best methods of instruction to make teaching easier, more effective, and more fun. This website includes a detailed curriculum outline to give you an overview of how the individual lessons fit together. It provides detailed instructions and techniques to show you how to teach the material and how to help a child overcome common roadblocks. It also includes free teaching aids, games, and other materials that you can download and use with your lessons.
Spell Better is an affordable assistive iPad app that offers word prediction, a very powerful spell checker, text-to-speech and other useful features for students who have difficulties with writing and spelling, particularly dyslexia. It's also being used as an AAC app by students with TBI, Autism, etc., and has turned out to be quite popular with OTs and Special Education teachers.