2Most asked question: What does MTA stand for Most asked question: What does MTA stand for? Answer: MTA stands for Multisensory Teaching Approach. It is a curriculum based on the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading and is especially designed for the dyslexic learner.
4What is multisensory teaching and learning What is multisensory teaching and learning? It is a method by which multiple senses are engaged simultaneously in the teaching-learning process. For example, when learning a new letter and sound students see, say, name out loud, write and learn a key word for that new sound.
5Scientific research supports multisensory teaching/learning for dyslexic learners. This method along, with much repetition, helps develop new neural pathways and connections in the brain so that the dyslexic learner’s memory is enhanced.
6Procedures: Within the MTA Program there are many procedures Procedures: Within the MTA Program there are many procedures. These procedures are based on research and are an integral part of the program. Students are, therefore, expected to learn and use procedures at all times.
7These procedures should eventually be overlearned and become “second nature” to the students. These procedures provide structure for the students and tools that they can use to help themselves in their reading, writing, and spelling.
8The state of Texas requires each school district to provide a regular education program for its dyslexic students. Some students also qualify for services under special education.
9Lewisville ISD provides the MTA Program in order to meet those requirements.
10The Lewisville ISD MTA Program includes phonemic awareness, oral language, LAPS, and 7 Kits, plus instruction in reading comprehension strategies and fluency.
11Some aspects of Phonemic Awareness training include segmenting and blending sounds and words, deleting sounds, identifying sounds in different positions in words, and rhyming.
12Oral Language: Oral language activities are included to improve phonemic awareness, vocabulary, figurative language, analogy solving, and practice in describing various objects.
13LAPS: Lewisville’s Approach to Phonemic Sequencing
14Each MTA kit contains two basic kinds of new learning – MLI’s and Concepts. The kits also contain reading, syllable division, and spelling practice.
15MTA reading consists of practice with syllables, words, phrases, sentences, and paragraphs. Practice words are based on phonetic principles and can be coded and broken into parts using strategies taught.
16After completing Kit 1 reading concepts, students may also begin reading in the MTA readers. The readers are written so that the students will be practicing the concepts already introduced and learned.
17MTA Spelling is based on sounds, rules, and generalizations.
18FLUENCY: Beginning in third grade, the Scottish-Rite Hospital Curriculum for Sight Words and Fluency is added as part of the MTA Curriculum.
19Comprehension: Books, poems, stories, and different types of passages are used one day per week to teach and practice comprehension strategies.