As you probably know, Lexercise has long been committed to the use of research-backed evaluation and intervention methods for language processing difficulties like dyslexia. In everything we do, we strive to use best practices so that we can efficiently help struggling readers and writers achieve high levels of literacy.
But saying we’re committed is one thing; proving it is another.
For that reason, we are especially proud to announce that Lexercise has earned International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Accredited ProgramPLUS.
Lexercise pursued this important certification to provide assurance to our clients and their families that Lexercise therapists are trained to provide effective, research-based care. As IDA notes, “….teaching reading effectively, especially to students who are struggling, requires considerable knowledge and skill. Regrettably, current licensing and professional development practices endorsed by many states are insufficient for the preparation and support of teachers and specialists who are responsible for enabling all students to read and write. Researchers are finding that those with reading specialist and special education licenses often know no more about research-based, effective practices than those with a general education teaching license.”
What does it mean to be an Accredited ProgramPLUS?
First, it means that Lexercise’s three-course professional education series has undergone the rigorous IDA accreditation process and achieved the IDA’s highest level of accreditation.
Second, it means that professionals who complete Lexercise training have mastered the structured literacy methodology and so are equipped to offer the highest quality, most research-based treatment to their clients.
Third, it means that Lexercise graduates are eligible to apply for Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI) certification. “CERI seeks to further evidence-based approaches to reading and learning so that all students acquire the highest levels of literacy and thrive. CERI fulfills its mission by offering certification to teachers and reading interventionists that affirms their knowledge and skills in teaching literacy using a structured approach to language.”
To achieve the Accredited ProgramPLUS designation, the Lexercise curriculum was submitted for review, along with extensive documentation of faculty/instructor credentials, knowledge, and skills. Every aspect of the training program was reviewed through the application process and virtual site visits to assure that Lexercise training is consistent with the CERI Knowledge and Practice Standards (KPS) for Teachers of Reading and IDA’s standards-based Educator Training Initiatives.
We are very proud to display the IDA Accredited ProgramPLUS logo alongside the name of each Lexercise professional education course.
Please let us know if you have questions about our education programs or about testing and treatment for dyslexia or other language-processing disorders. Or click here if you’d like more information about the Lexercise professional education series.
Lastly, you might be interested in our partnership with UNC Greensboro’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program to train speech language pathology masters students in the structure of written English.
Sandie is a speech-language pathologist with more than 30 years of experience in the private practice sector. She is Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders at University of North Carolina Greensboro, and founder/owner of the Language & Learning Clinic, PLLC, a private practice in Elkin, NC, and Greensboro, NC, specializing in communication disorders, including disorders of reading and written language.