Take Flight

Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia is a two-year curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Take Flight builds on the success of the three previous dyslexia intervention programs developed by the staff of TSRHC: Alphabetic Phonics, the Dyslexia Training Program and TSRH Literacy Program.

Take Flight was designed for use by Certified Academic Language Therapists for children with dyslexia ages 7 and older. The two-year program is designed to be taught four days per week (60 minutes per day) or five days per week (45 minutes per day). It is intended for one-on-one or small group instruction with no more than six students per class.

Take Flight is taught daily in the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia's lab school where students from the surrounding DFW area identified in our diagnostic center attend classes daily. The lab school gives the TSRHC staff the opportunity to learn from students with dyslexia and improve Take Flight strategies.


Take Flight addresses the five components of effective reading instruction identified by the National Reading Panel's research and is a comprehensive Tier III intervention for students with dyslexia.

  • Phonemic Awareness - following established procedures for explicitly teaching the relationships between speech-sound production and spelling-sound patterns 
  • Phonics - providing a systematic approach for single word decoding
  • Fluency - using research-proven directed practice in repeated reading of words, phrases and passages to help students read newly encountered text more fluently
  • Vocabulary - featuring multiple word learning strategies (definitional, structural, contextual) and explicit teaching techniques with application in text 
  • Reading Comprehension - teaching students to explicitly use and articulate multiple comprehension strategies (i.e., cooperative learning, story structure, question generation and answering, summarization and comprehension monitoring)

Take Flight key findings:

  • Students who complete Take Flight instruction show significant growth in all areas of reading skill.
  • Follow-up research with children who completed treatment indicates that students maintain the benefits of instruction on word reading skills and continue to improve in reading comprehension after one year.
  • Take Flight is effective when used in schools by teachers with advanced training in treating learning disorders.
  • Students with the lowest reading skills acquire the strongest gains from Take Flight instruction.

If you are a therapist trained in the Take Flight curriculum and have any additional questions, visit our users of Take Flight page. For Login and Password, please contact your training center.

For details about the latest research, view the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia's research summary of Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia.

View a list of other institutions offering training in Take Flight.