THE PERCEPTIVE & COGNITIVE TEACHER (Batch-3)

A Foundation Course in Specific Learning Disorder

(Level 1 of the Three-Level Dyslexia Training Programme)

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Maharashtra Dyslexia Association (MDA) is a not-for-profit organisation committed to building an integrated support system for individuals with Specific Learning Disorder (Dyslexia), and equipping teachers with the necessary skills and opportunities required to help such individuals lead successful and fulfilling lives. It provides consultation, assessment and remedial services for students and their families, as well as training opportunities for teachers, special educators and therapists who are interested in acquiring the skills needed to work with affected students.

In pursuit of this goal, we are happy to introduce a THREE-LEVEL DYSLEXIA TRAINING PROGRAMME, the first of its kind in India. Our trainees become specialists in teaching the structure of the written English language and in utilizing intensive multisensory therapy techniques designed for students with reading, writing, and/or spelling disorder.

On successful completion of the Dyslexia Teaching/Therapy Level, candidates will be eligible to appear for the examinations conducted by the Academic Language Therapy Association and the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI), an affiliate of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), for Certification.

The Three Levels of The Dyslexia Training Programme are:

  1. THE PERCEPTIVE & COGNITIVE TEACHER (A Foundation Course in Specific Learning Disorder)

THE PERCEPTIVE & COGNITIVE TEACHER

A Foundation Course in Specific Learning Disorder

Keeping in mind the current challenges the world-over, MDA is proud to introduce a completely modular ONLINE Foundation Course that is built on a one-of-a kind digital experience. The Foundation Course comprises of Six Learning Circles. Those who are interested in pursuing the Dyslexia Teaching/Therapy Programme must successfully complete all Six Learning circles of the Foundation Course to be eligible.

The SIX Learning circles of The Perceptive & Cognitive Teacher are:

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Learning Circle 1: Dyslexia: Screening and Identification

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Topics:

  1. Dyslexia and Other Learning Disorders

Key Learning Outcomes:

After attending this Learning circle, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between Dyslexia and associated Learning Disorders.

Learning Circle 2: Dyslexia: Classroom Strategies

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Topics:

  1. Classroom Support and Scaffolding Strategies

Key Learning Outcomes:

After attending this Learning Circle, participants will be able to:

  • Build awareness and empathy around them, and acceptance in the struggling students.

Learning Circle 3: Psycho-Educational Reports: Interpretation to Action

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Topics:

  1. Screening Tools and Assessment Batteries: Are they the same?

Key Learning Outcomes:

After attending this Learning Circle, participants will be able to:

  • State the differences between Screening Tools and Assessment Batteries

Learning Circle 4: Smart Learning — Independent Learners

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Topics:

  1. Introduction to Study Skills. Why are Study Skills Techniques Required?

Key Learning Outcomes:

After attending this Learning Circle, participants will be able to:

  • Plan and set goals for effective and efficient studying

Learning Circle 5: Multisensory Intervention & Making Sounds Meaningful

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Topics:

  1. Remedial Education and Curriculum-Based Intervention: Their Purpose & How They Differ

Key Learning Outcomes:

After attending this Learning Circle, participants will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast evidence-based and curriculum-based programmes

Learning Circle 6: Unravelling the Mystery Behind the Way Words are Spelt

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Topics:

  1. Three-Cueing System or Phonics Instruction — Which path to take?

Key Learning Outcomes:

After attending this Learning Circle, participants will be able to:

  • List the Six Syllable Types

EXAMINATION & CERTIFICATION

Participants will receive a participation certificate for each module subject to full attendance for the Synchronous Sessions and completion of all assignments.

Participants will appear for an Examination in November 2021 for Certificate of Successful Completion of the Foundation Course.

This certificate, along with a Bachelor’s degree, will qualify the participants for the Dyslexia Teaching Programme.

CERTIFICATION IN DYSLEXIA TEACHING

In collaboration with Ms Sandra Dillon, author of Sounds In Syllables Dyslexia Therapy, and Qualified Instructor with the Multisensory Language Training Institute of New Mexico.

Trainees are required to complete minimum 200 hours of hands-on teaching to qualify for certification. Training for this certification will be conducted at MDA’s Dadar East Centre.

On successful completion of the Dyslexia Teaching Level, candidates will be eligible to appear for the examinations conducted by the Academic Language Therapy Association for Certification as Certified Academic Language Practitioner (CALP), and the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI), an affiliate of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), for Certification as Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Interventionist (SLDI).

CERTIFICATION IN DYSLEXIA THERAPY

In collaboration with Ms Sandra Dillon, author of Sounds in Syllables Dyslexia Therapy, and Qualified Instructor with the Multisensory Language Training Institute of New Mexico.

Trainees are required to complete minimum 700 hours of hands-on teaching to qualify for certification. Training for this certification will be conducted at MDA’s Dadar East Centre.

On successful completion of the Dyslexia Therapy Level, candidates with a Master’s Degree will be eligible to appear for the examinations conducted by the Academic Language Therapy Association for Certification as Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT), and the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI), an affiliate of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), for Certification as Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Specialist (SLDS).

How does this work?

MDA has developed uniquely participatory digital learning experiences termed ‘Learning Circles’ for its Foundation Course. These enable facilitation of teacher training through an innovative, collaborative and digitally-blended training medium that is gaining momentum the world over.

Synchronous Sessions (2 hours each) will see experts from MDA and participants logging in and interacting together. Unlike conventional trainers, experts from MDA will play the role of facilitators who take each participant down a path to help resolve their teaching challenges. Attendance is compulsory.

Asynchronous Sessions will entail participants logging in to the platform at their own convenience to access reading material, independently engage in discussions with peers, post queries for our experts to answer, share research on topics, analyse case studies, and complete quizzes, polls and surveys.

In this sense, the Learning Circle (LC) as a medium is a departure from the classic Webinar or online workshop format. It ensures effective two-way communication, peer learning and discussions, and resolving of specific problems with sustained guidance.

What is the Duration of this LC?

This LC is spread over a period of 5 months with specified times for the Synchronous Sessions interspersed and continued with Asynchronous Sessions that can be completed at the convenience of the participants.

Who are the experts from MDA?

This one-of-a-kind Foundation Course is designed by the CEO of MDA, Ms Masarrat Khan, who is also one of the key facilitators.

Ms. Khan has an invaluable experience of more than three decades in the area of Learning Disabilities. She holds Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology and English Literature from Mumbai University, and is a Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Specialist and Certified Academic Language Therapist.

Our other facilitators are

Ms. Diya Basu

Ms Diya Basu, Senior Psychologist at MDA, with more than a decade of experience. She conducts assessments, trains interns, and supervises junior psychologists. She also conducts workshops on various topics related to the field.

Ms. Manek Chitalwala

Ms. Manek Chitalwala, Special Educator, Dyslexia Therapist and Certified Academic Language Therapist. She has been teaching students with special educational needs at MDA since 2003 and is a teacher-trainer.

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