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Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center

“One of the things I was thinking about today is that as a kid I had dyslexia. I had a lot of trouble in school and was put into remedial classes. I thought that I was stupid.” 

Carole Greider, 2009 winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine

We hope all of our friends and colleagues are healthy during this very uncertain time.  Our ASDEC therapists and supervisors are here to support our families.  During the school closures, our  specialists are committed to delivering academic therapy , multisensory math and study skills support in the most effective and least stressful manor. Now more than ever, ASDEC is emphasizing the therapy components of our service.

We are so impressed with the work of our colleagues at other research institutions and training centers who are making their outstanding virtual conferences.  We highly recommend the following recent conferences featuring the leaders in our field:

Structured Literacy:  All Children Can Read  March 21, 2020 featuring Louisa Moats, Louise Spear Swerling and Margie Gillis

Research to Practice Symposium March 9, 2020 featuring  Emily Hanford Dr. Tim Odegard, Dr. Fumiko Hoeft, Dr. Stephanie Al Otaiba, Dr. Maureen Lovett, Dr. Mark Seidenberg, and Nancy Hennessy.


Parent Resources: Please see the list below for links to resources and activities to share with your children to support their home-based learning.

Marilyn's Multisensory Math on Facebook -- Featuring Marilyn Zecher

Math for Middles - Online Multisensory Math Tutoring

At home activities for early learners--No technology needed

Primary Work Plan Journal - No technology needed

ASDEC is pleased to continue to offer online training programs:


Multisensory Grammar-Online

Presented by Joy Jacques

Joy Jacques, CALT former director of ASDEC’s Summer Study Skills program presents a workshop on Multisensory Grammar Instruction.  The presentation, designed for teachers, parents, academic therapists and other educators, presents  multisensory methods for teaching the parts of speech and related basic grammar skills.  

You may view the pre-recorded  workshop  (three and one-half hours) at any time during the course. You will have the opportunity to meet live online with the instructor on 4/23 from 7:30-9:00- p.m.., the session will be recorded if you are not able to attend.

You will also have the opportunity to post questions in a blog in the course page where you will interact with the instructor and other students.

Activities include:

  • Color-Coded Cue Cards for parts of speech
  • Structured, sequential, instruction using concrete, representational, and abstract activities
  • Interactive games for groups and individuals
  • Application of grammatical elements to improve sentence level writing
April 13, 2020, 9:00 AM - May 01, 2020

Cost: $100

Register now!

Multisensory Math 1 Online Spring - Registration now open. A few spaces remain.


SUMMER PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS--One space available in Rockville and in Virginia

SUMMER COURSES FOR EDUCATORS! Become an Academic Therapist.  Click here for information about training requirements and opportunities. 

Why the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center

Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center (ASDEC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit training and advocacy center dedicated to preventing academic failure through evidence-based multisensory reading and math instruction. ASDEC is THE only training center in Maryland that is accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) and is endorsed by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). We provide support to to educators and school district leaders, deliver information and resources to families, and offer direct services to all learners from pre-school through adults to assure reading and math success. 


for educators

ASDEC is the only externally accredited training center that  certifies dyslexia specialists in both structured literacy and math. Our instructors deliver courses and workshops using evidence-based multisensory structured methods. 

Become an Academic Therapist-Call ASDEC for information 


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for children

ASDEC offers an intensive summer program where students raise their reading and writing skills dramatically by working one to one with highly trained and closely supervised staff.

Summer Program 2020-Register today

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for parents

ASDEC staff provide referrals to diagnosticians who can provide a full range of educational testing and other evaluation services.  If testing results reveal learning disabilities in reading and/or math, ASDEC Clinical Directors will refer parents to ASDEC Academic Therapists.

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ASDEC Accreditation

Our staff includes Certified Academic Language Therapists, Psychologists,  authors of research papers in peer-reviewed journals and textbook chapters on effective reading instruction. 

ASDEC is accredited by the International Mulitsensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC), one of two organizations in the US to receive the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) endorsement for meeting teacher training standards in reading.

The IDA standards provide a comprehensive, research-supported documentation of what every teacher needs to know and be able to demonstrate, whether they are teaching students with dyslexia, other struggling readers, or the general student population.

ASDEC is Accredited by:

Setting the highest quality standards for Multisensory Structured Language Education

IMSLEC accredited training centers meet IDA’s standards for teachers of reading.



We raise public awareness about the need to identify and remediate dyslexia and other learning differences with the most effective evidence-based multisensory techniques.


Based on close to two decades of experience teaching and training specialists in the field of Dyslexia education, ASDEC is in a unique position to assist parents with the complex array of services that exist in the Washington, DC area.

ASDEC also delivers direct services to students through our summer program for children aged 7-15 and through our Nationally Certified Academic Therapists who serve students of all ages including adults who struggle with reading and math.


We provide phone consultations and conduct parent seminars and information sessions.

We provide referrals for students and adults who need intensive, individualized instruction.

We provide direct instructional services to children who are dyslexic or have other learning differences.

We provide classes to help adults who are dyslexic or have other learning differences.


ASDEC trains, certifies and supports Academic Therapists to deliver evidence-based multisensory instruction in reading, spelling, written language, mathematics, and study skills to students who are dyslexic or have other learning differences.

We train teachers to deliver effective multisensory educational strategies and we provide ongoing professional development to Academic Therapists, teachers and other educational leaders in evidence-based multisensory teaching strategies.

Upcoming Courses at ASDEC

Language 1 Sounds In Syllables Rockville and Virginia -- Begin your career as an Academic Therapist!  For information please attend our  Information Sessions in January!











ASDEC - Dyslexia Therapy, Training, and Parent Advocacy

17 West Jefferson Street, Suite 201
Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 301-762-2414
Email: [email protected]

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ASDEC is accredited by the International Mulitsensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC), one of two organizations in the US to receive the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) endorsement for meeting teacher training standards in reading.

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