About the Author


Marilyn Mathis graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BA in Speech Pathology and a M. Ed  in Special Education. She worked in public schools as both a Speech Therapist and Learning Support teacher. Realizing that her son was experiencing difficulty learning to read, she had him privately evaluated by a school psychologist who diagnosed him with a reading disability and dyslexia.  Soon thereafter, she went on a fact-finding mission to discover the latest, state-of-the-art approach to teaching reading to dyslexic children. This led her to the Texas Scottish Hospital in Dallas and the Southwest Academy where a highly specialized Orton-Gillingham approach was being used to teach reading, writing and spelling to children or adults with dyslexia. After three years of studying and undergoing an intensive practicum, she obtained national certification by the Academic Language Therapy Association as an Academic Language Therapist (CALT) from Southwest Academy. Later, she gained additional certification as a Qualified Instructor (QI) that enables her to train others.


In addition to the working in public schools, Marilyn taught at the Lewis School in Princeton, NJ, a private school for children diagnosed with dyslexia. In 1998, Marilyn took the position as Director for the 32º Masonic Learning Centers for Children in Allentown, PA, later renamed Children's Dyslexia Center for Children of Allentown.  Since then, she has served as Director as well as Outside Trainer for five other Masonic Learning Centers in PA and has presented workshops around the country.


Marilyn has served on the board of the Philadelphia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association as Public Relations Chair. In 2004, she received the Innovator Award for Outstanding MSLE (Multisensory Structured Language Education) Professional from the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council, an organization that accredits quality professional preparation in dyslexia. She is currently the President of the Academic Language Therapy Association and President of the Alliance for Accreditation and Certification, two national organizations that are recognized by International Dyslexia Association and other professionals in the field of dyslexia as the gold standard in the remediation of children with dyslexia. She currently is a member of the advisory committee for the PA Dyslexia Law Pilot for the K-2. 


photograph of Marilyn Mathis

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