Take Flight is a comprehensive intervention curriculum for students with dyslexia written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Take Flight remedial instruction is focused on relearning how to approach words by applying newly developed phoneme awareness skills.

The scope and sequence is comprised of direct instruction of phonological skills, phonics and phonemic awareness followed by spelling instruction that is organized by place of articulation and frequency of spelling. Included in the curriculum are fluency reading rate, comprehension and vocabulary building exercises. Concepts will be encountered multiple times and mastery will be acquired through distributed practice.

Take Flight is designed for individual or small group instruction. Children need repeated practice until they master the skills described above. For most children, the highest success rates are achieved when children receive daily practice for 45 minutes to one hour, 4-5 days per week.

  1. Alphabet strip or alphabet decks: for automatic and effortless recognition of consonants, vowels, blends, digraphs.

  2. Introduction of concept (syllable division rule, morphology, or grapheme-phoneme situation): using multisensory techniques such as articulation phonetics (mouth pictures), mirrors to visualize the place of articulation, hearing the position of the sound in words, and feeling if we use our voice when articulating, ending with a cursive linkage. To further establish the concept the student will practice reading the new learning in words, and sentences using a strategic coding system. With continuous reminders of current and previously learned concepts.

  3. Instant words practice: multiple exposures to words that have a single irregular letter-sound relationship. 

  4. Homework pages: Repeated automatic response pages for automatic recognition of the phonic concept.

  5. Spelling practice: spelling the new concept in words and in sentences using the articulation phonics and decoding strategies. With continuous reminders of current and previously learned concepts.

  6. Connected text, comprehension, vocabulary building, or fluency practices.

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