FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE THE DETAILS OF THERAPY?
Ms. Bailes operates Vienna Dyslexia out of her home office in the heart of Vienna, Virginia. We are easily accessible to I-66, Tysons Corner, Oakton, Fairfax, Reston, Great Falls and surrounding areas.
Academic Language Therapy is intensive and requires a commitment from families. Students have sessions 3-5 days a week depending on stamina, student need, and scheduling limitations. Each session is approximately 50-60 minutes. Academic Language Therapy is not a quick fix and families should be prepared for a long-term commitment. We move "as fast as we can, but as slow as we must."
Ms. Bailes offers therapy during the school day for students who have flexibility in their schedule, as well as before and after school time slots. Contact us to be added to the waitlist for 2019-2020 school year, referrals to other therapists with openings, and for current rates. Ms. Bailes recognizes Academic Language Therapy is a significant investment for families and strives to make it financially feasible.
CAN MY CHILD RECEIVE THERAPY AT SCHOOL?
Unfortunately, most public schools do not allow private therapists to come into the school to work with students during the day. Therefore, Vienna Dyslexia offers therapy only within the home office.
Some students receive specialized reading instruction during the public school day via special educators or reading specialists. Many parents are choosing to utilize the services offered by the school in conjunction with private Academic Language Therapy.
WHAT IS AN ACADEMIC LANGAUGE THERAPIST?
A Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) has undertaken rigorous training to be a highly qualified dyslexia specialist. Training is completed through programs accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC). Programs include classroom education as well as an extensive practicum. The Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) is a professional organization whose membership denotes the highest level of expertise in dyslexia remediation. ALTA membership at the CALT level is reserved for members who have completed the intensive training and practicum requirements and passed the National Alliance Exam.
Samantha Bailes, M.S., CALT earned her Certified Academic Therapist (CAT) designation through the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center (ASDEC) in Rockville, MD. As well as being an IMSLEC accredited training center, ASDEC's two-year training program is endorsed by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). Ms. Bailes's training included 200 classroom hours at the Master's level as well as a 500-hour supervised practicum. .