Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia is a two-year curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). Take Flight builds on the success of the three previous dyslexia intervention programs developed by the staff of TSRHC: Alphabetic Phonics, the Dyslexia Training Program, and TSRH Literacy Program.
Take Flight was designed for use by Certified Academic Language Therapists for children with dyslexia ages 7 and older. The two-year program is designed to be taught four days per week (60 minutes per day) or five days per week (45 minutes per day). It is intended for one-on-one or small group instruction with no more than six students per class.
Take Flight is taught daily at Ignite Academy with students that are identified in our diagnostic center attend classes daily.
Take Flight addresses the five components of effective reading instruction identified by the National Reading Panel's research and is a comprehensive Tier III intervention for students with dyslexia.
Phonemic Awareness - following established procedures for explicitly teaching the relationships between speech-sound production and spelling-sound patterns
Phonics - providing a systematic approach for single word decoding
Fluency - using research-proven directed practice in repeated reading of words, phrases and passages to help students read newly encountered text more fluently
Vocabulary - featuring multiple word learning strategies (definitional, structural, contextual) and explicit teaching techniques with the application in text
Reading Comprehension - teaching students to explicitly use and articulate multiple comprehension strategies (i.e., cooperative learning, story structure, questiongeneration and answering, summarization and comprehension monitoring)
Take Flight key findings:
Students who complete Take Flight instruction show significant growth in all areas of reading skill.
Follow-up research with children who completed treatment indicates that students maintain the benefits of instruction on word reading skills and continue to improve in reading comprehension after one year.
Take Flight is effective when used in schools by teachers with advanced training in treating learning disorders.
Students with the lowest reading skills acquire the strongest gains from Take Flight instruction.