International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC)
The Children’s Dyslexia Center’s training program is accredited at the Teacher level and Instructor of Teacher level by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC). All certified graduates of the Children’s Dyslexia Center’s training program are graduates of an IMSLEC-accredited training program. (Please note that individual graduates are not accredited or certified by IMSLEC. IMSLEC accredits training programs.)
The following excerpt is from the IMSLEC website:
“The MISSION OF IMSLEC is to accredit quality training courses for the professional preparation of multisensory structured language education specialists.
· Advocating high professional standards in the preparation of Multisensory Structured Language specialists - clinicians and teachers.
· Establishing criteria of program excellence.
· Evaluating and Accrediting MSLE training courses offered by existing independent agencies and centers and MSLE courses offered by other already accredited institutions.”
Please visit IMSLEC’s website www.imslec.org for further information.
International Dyslexia Association (IDA)
The Children’s Dyslexia Center’s training program is recognized by the International Dyslexia Association as meeting IDA’s Knowledge and Practice Standards as an accredited training program by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC).
The following is taken from Perspectives of Language and Literacy, a quarterly publication of IDA:
“The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is 501 (c) (3) non-profit, scientific and educational organization dedicated exclusively to the study and treatment of the specific language disability known as dyslexia. We have been serving individuals with dyslexia, their families, and professionals in the filed for over 55 years. IDA was first established to continue to pioneering work of Samuel T. Orton, M.D., in the study and treatment of dyslexia.
IDA’s membership is comprised of people with dyslexia and their families, educators, diagnosticians, physicians, and other professionals in the field. The headquarters office in Baltimore, Maryland is a clearinghouse of valuable information and provides information and referral services to thousands of people every year. IDA’s Annual Conference attracts thousands of outstanding researchers, clinicians, parents, teachers, psychologists, educational therapists, and people with dyslexia.”
IDA Purpose Statement
“The purpose of IDA is to pursue and provide the most comprehensive range of information and services that address the full scope of dyslexia and related difficulties in learning to read and write…
In a way that creates hope, possibility, and partnership…
So that every individual has the opportunity to lead a productive and fulfilling life, and society benefits from the resource that is liberated.”
Please visit IDA’s website www.interdys.org for further information on membership, information, and professional development opportunities.
The Alliance for Accreditation and Certification of Structured Language Education, Inc. (The Alliance)
The Alliance Purpose Statement, as quoted from the Alliance website:
· “To provide a united association of organizations concerned with the accreditation of Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSLE) training courses and the certification of graduates of these courses;
· In order to provide criteria and standards for quality control in the education of those individuals trained to instruct individuals with Dyslexia and Related Disorders in therapeutic and/or preventative settings;
· So that (1) the consumer will be informed as to the professional development required for competent MSLE teachers and therapists, and (2) the combined strength of the organizations in The Alliance can influence the goals of the field of reading specialists and the understanding of teaching reading to all students. “
Certified graduates of the Children’s Dyslexia Center’s training program are eligible to take the Alliance Registration Exam as graduates of an accredited training program by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC). Our certified graduates are eligible to take the Teacher level of the Alliance exam. “The Alliance National Registration Exam is an objective measure of the retention and understanding of the components of training as required by IMSLEC and ALTA®. Graduates of IMSLEC accredited courses are eligible to sit for the exam, and graduates from other training courses may apply. The purpose of the exam is to provide verifiable standards by which individuals are recognized as having achieved the highest level of competency in the field of Dyslexia Education. Successful completion of the Alliance Exam qualifies an individual to apply for membership in The Academic Language Therapy Association® (ALTA).” (Citation from The Alliance website.) The Alliance Board is comprised of members from IMSLEC and ALTA®.
Please visit the Alliance website www.allianceaccreditation.org for additional information.
Academic Language Therapy Association® (ALTA®)
Certified graduates of the Children’s Dyslexia Center’s training program are eligible to take the Alliance Registration Exam as graduates of an accredited training program by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC). Our certified graduates are eligible to apply for the Teacher level of the Alliance exam, based on our accreditation level with IMSLEC. Individuals who take and pass the Teacher level of the Alliance Registration Exam are eligible for membership at the Practitioner level in the Academic Language Therapy Association® (ALTA®). ALTA® membership provides individuals with a nationally recognized personal credential.
The following is cited from ALTA’s website:
· “The Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) is organized exclusively for the purpose of establishing, maintaining, and promoting standards of education, practice, and professional conduct for Certified Academic Language Therapists who are trained to teach students with dyslexia and/or related disorders.
· ALTA was the first national group organized solely for written-language professionals. ALTA's purpose is to establish, maintain, and promote high standards of education, practice, and conduct for the profession of academic language therapy. The Association offers a variety of important services both for its members and for the community:
· Membership Services - national registry, journal, newsletter, website, professional education
Community Services - referral helpline (telephone and online), speakers' bureau, scholarships, information
· It is the intent of the Academic Language Therapy Association that Certified Academic Language Therapists be universally recognized as highly qualified specialists who have met uniform standards of professional post-baccalaureate education, and that the credentials conferred by ALTA will assure the public and other professionals of the competence, integrity, and professionalism of Certified Academic Language Therapists.”
Please visit the ALTA® website www.altaread.org for more information on becoming a member and professional development opportunities