1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
2. Completion of comprehensive therapist training
in a Multisensory Structured Language Education (MSLE) program. "Comprehensive therapist
training" shall be defined as a course under the supervision of a Qualified Instructor that includes a minimum of 200 instructional hours, a minimum of 700 clinical/teaching hours, a minimum of 10 demonstrations, clinical/teaching documentation, and proof of the therapist's progress and competency.
3. Acceptable performance on a comprehensive examination administered by ALTA.
4. Completion of 10 CEUs (1 CEU = 1 hour at an approved ALTA event) per year.
These are the requirements to become a CALT. It is a long process and requires continual education to maintain membership.
What about a Licensed
Dyslexia Therapist (LDT)?
How is multi-sensory
teaching different from any other?
If an individual has become a CALT and has a master’s degree, he/she is eligible to apply to the State of Texas to become a LDT. Some insurance policies will cover therapy for dyslexia if it is administered by a LDT.
What is a Certified Academic
Language Therapist (CALT)?
The best learning occurs when the senses of sight, hearing and touch (visual/auditory/kinesthetic VAK) are utilized. This requires thinking outside of the traditional education box of reading and writing as the way to acquire knowledge. Clinical evidence has
demonstrated that students are better able to store language information in their brains, when many senses are activated. These strategies also help student’s with attention issues to focus on learning.