Lexercise offers three online professional education courses designed to prepare language intervention professionals to provide structured literacy services to clients with language-literacy difference like dyslexia and dysgraphia. These are advanced courses, designed for those who already have a university degree.
(If you are a professional already trained in structured literacy interventions, you can register for the Lexercise Qualification Test HERE.)
Sandie Barrie Blackley, MA/CCC, is a speech-language pathologist, former university graduate faculty member, founder/owner of the Language & Learning Clinic, PLLC, a private practice in Elkin, NC and co-founder of Lexercise/ Mind InFormation, LLC. Sandie has training and experience with a number of structured methods (e.g., The Association Method, The Orton-Gillingham Method, The Lindamood-Bell Learning Systems Individual Phoneme Sequencing Program (LiPS) and Visualizing and Verbalizing Program, The Phono-Graphix Method and The Language! Curriculum). Sandie has received the Clinical Services Award, awarded by the North Carolina Speech, Hearing & Language Association (NCSHLA) to the state’s most outstanding clinician. In 2012 she received NCSHLA's Public Information Award for her dyslexia advocacy. Sandie is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. Sandie is the instructor for Course 1 and Course 2.
Jennifer Parra, M.Ed, LDT, CALT, is a dyslexia therapist and founder and owner of the Multisensory Reading Center in McKinny Texas. She has over 17 years of experience working with children who have learning differences including dyslexia, ADHD, autism, LD, and ESL students. Jen has a Masters in Education from Midwestern State University with an emphasis in dyslexia. She is a Texas Certified teacher in EC-4, ESL, and Special Ed. K-12. She is also a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) through the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA), a Certified Dyslexia Therapist with the International Dyslexia Association (CDT) and a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT) in the state of Texas. Jen is the instructor / supervisor for the practicum, Course 3.
KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT COURSES
Course 1 (The Structure of Written English) and Course 2 (Structured Literacy / Orton-Gillingham (O-G) for Literacy Professionals) are online and asynchronous. This allows you to work at your own pace, with 3 months to complete each course (most participants will finish in considerably less than the full time allotment). Registration is rolling, so you can start the courses whenever convenient.
Learning methods include assigned readings, online resources and objective, online self-assessment exercises, as well as an optional, online Q&A Discussion Forum and real-time "office hours" by appointment with the instructor.
Each course requires 20 to 30 hours to complete, depending on your prior knowledge and experience and your completion pace. The content of these courses assumes some background in phonetics and morphology. Course 1 is a prerequisite for Course 2. These courses are designed to be consistent with the International Dyslexia Association's Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT COURSE
Course 3 (Practicum in Structured Literacy Intervention) is a 13-week clinical practice course that is completed under the supervision of a Lexercise Clinician using the Lexercise teletherapy platform. Course 1 and Course 2 are prerequisites for registering for Course 3. The first week of the course is devoted to teletherapy technology training. Over the next 12 weeks the trainee will provide structured literacy teletherapy for three (3) clients. This course requires the trainee to schedule appointments that will require 6.75 hours per week and 87.75 hours over the 13 weeks of the course. The practicum is consistent with the International Dyslexia Association's Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading.
Here are the learning objectives for each course:
- Course 1: The Structure of Written English
- Course 2: Structured Literacy / Orton-Gillingham (O-G) for Literacy Instruction
- Course 3: Clinical Practicum in Structured Literacy Intervention
There is a required text for Course 1 and Course 2, the cost of which is in addition to the registration fee. Participants are responsible for ordering their own books. Information about vendor options for ordering the text will be available upon registration.
- Course 1: Speech to Print, Ed. 2 by Louisa Moats (~$26.00)
- Course 2: Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills, Ed. 3 by J. Birsh (~$51.00)
- Course 3: no text (Use the texts from Courses 1 and 2 as references.)
Assessment of successful completion of the learning objectives for each course:
For both Courses 1 and 2 there is a final mastery test that includes items drawn from the course’s online self-assessment exercises for each unit. A certificate of successful completion will be awarded to participants who earn at least 80% on these final mastery tests. Participants must pass the mastery test for Course 1 in order to register for Course 2.
For Course 3, skill assessment based on a 10-point clinical skills rating scale. A certificate of successful completion will be awarded to participants whose clinical supervision ratings average at least 8.
For more information, including cost and how to register, see:
- Course 1: The Structure of Written English
- Course 2: Structured Literacy / Orton-Gillingham (O-G) for Literacy Instruction (Course 1 is a prerequisite for registering for Course 2)
- Course 3: Practicum in Structured Literacy Intervention (Courses 2 and 3 are a prerequisite for registering for Course 3)
Upon registering for Course 1 or Course 2 you will have 90 days (3 months) to complete each course. Course 3 requires 13 consecutive weeks. Registration for all courses is rolling.
Upon registration, you will have password-protected, online access to Lexercise’s course management system, where you will find course information and additional online learning resources.
Dyslexia affects 1 in 5 people, making it by far the most prevalent communication disorder. Research has shown that children's progress in reading intervention is related to their teacher's knowledge of the spoken and written structure of English. Course 1 will substantially increase your understanding of the structure of spoken and written English, with a focus on word structure (phonology, morphology and orthography). Course 2 will teach you the “best practice” principles of Structured Literacy / Orton-Gillingham methodologies and how these methodologies are used with children who have language processing differences like dyslexia and dysgraphia. Course 3 will give you the experience you need to implement structured literacy methodologies competently and effectively.
Register for Course 1 by clicking this link and creating an account. After you've created your account and logged in, click on Course 1 and make payment with either PayPal or credit card. Full price registration is $350 per course, but group pricing and seasonal specials are available. All materials and resources are included except for the cost of the course textbook. (See above: “Materials”.) Once payment is completed, you will be registered and can begin the course. (Note: Course 1 is open and running; you can register and get going at any time.)
There is a competency-based test-out for Course 1 HERE.
If you are a professional already trained in structured literacy interventions, you can register for the Lexercise Qualification Test HERE.
Participants can request a Lexercise Course Completion Certificate(s) to document 30 hours (3 CEUs) of professional development for Courses 1 and 2 and 100 hours for Course 3.
For speech-language pathologists in the USA and Canada, ASHA and SAC-OAC CEUs/ CEEs can be claimed for these courses. To minimize costs, these courses are not registered with a CEU registry, but CEUs credit can still be claimed. Here is how:
- For ASHA members see: “Keeping your CEUs current: Can I keep track of my CEUs on my own?"
- For SAC-OAC members see: Earn & Report CEEs
If you have questions about Lexercise professional education, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.