Gina Underwood works with adults and children who struggle with reading, writing, and spelling. After spending countless hours helping hundreds of failing students, Gina knows that employing all the senses is integral in developing a life-long love of learning. Reversing the spiraling downward trend of low self-esteem due to repeated learning failures is possible through multisensory learning. Gina knows that every person can succeed with the right tools and curriculum that engages the senses.
THE DETAILS: She is currently pursuing a Masters of Education in Dyslexia Therapy from Mississippi College with the end goal of becoming a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT) with the state of Texas and a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) with Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA).
In her Masters program, she is a “Dyslexia Therapist-in-Training” and needs to provide dyslexia therapy to students for 820 clinical hours. She is using the Alphabetic Phonics curriculum which evolved directly from Orton-Gillingham because it was scientific, universally successful, specific, and combined all three learning modalities (auditory for spelling; visual for reading; and kinesthetic for handwriting). Alphabetic Phonics was developed by Dr. Lucius Waite and Aylett Cox in the Language Laboratory in the inter-disciplinary setting of the Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, Texas over ten years (1965-1975).
It is a therapy level program—not simply tutoring—therefore, prolonged time is needed with each student. In order for the therapy to be effective, the student needs to receive services 3-5 days/week, 1 hour/day, for 3 years. Over this 3 year period, the student will be taught concepts up to a 7th grade literacy level. This curriculum is designed to supplant the existing Language Arts program for the struggling student.
The ideal student is one who has average to above average intelligence and who has been diagnosed with dyslexia (and maybe ADD/ADHD), but no other special needs. This multisensory language arts curriculum is effective for the student with or without the official dyslexia diagnosis.
Gina is a Dyslexia Practitioner, certified by the International Dyslexia Association. She is a Structured Language/Dyslexia Interventionist with Center for Effective Reading Instruction. Also, she is a Spalding Certified Teacher, certified by Spalding Education International. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in the College of Education from the University of Texas at Austin.
DYSLEXIA THERAPY SESSIONS Available Online in the comforts of your own home. Contact Gina at 903-841-2787 text/call firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions For Parents
1Gina, where's the session?
Your child is at home or wherever you choose.
2How do we connect?
We connect with FaceTime or Zoom.
3Who is it for?
It is for anyone struggling with reading, writing, and spelling.
4Do I teach letter names or sounds first?
Teaching both, along with writing the letter, is best. Check out this research article for more information: Piasta, S. B., Purpura, D. J., & Wagner, R. K. (2010). Fostering alphabet knowledge development: A comparison of two instructional approaches. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 23(6), 607-626. doi: http://dx.doi.org.proxy.cc.uic.edu/10.1007/s11145-009-9174-x