The Dyslexia Research Curriculum
"Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia" is a curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). This program provides explicit, direct instruction that is systematic (structured), sequential, and cumulative. Instruction is organized and presented in a way that follows a logical sequential plan, fits the nature of language (alphabetic principle) with no assumption of prior skills or language knowledge, and maximizes student engagement. It was developed to enable students with dyslexia to achieve and maintain better word recognition, reading fluency, reading comprehension and aid in the transition from a therapy setting to "real world" learning.
"Take Flight" contains the five components of effective reading instruction supported by the National Reading Panel research meta-analysis and mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act.
"Take Flight" is designed for small group instruction, and includes 132 lessons for a total of 230 hours of direct instruction.
With "Take Flight", students will learn all 44 phonemes of the English language, 96 grapheme-phoneme correspondence rules and 87 affixes. The students will also learn spelling rules for base words and deriviatives. Practice opportunities are also provided that are designed to improve oral reading fluency. Finally, "Take Flight" introduces comprehension and vocabulary building strategies for both narrative and expository text in the context of oral reading exercises, preparing students for successful, independent reading.