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Swift Institute for Learning

The mission of the Swift Institute for Learning is to advance the understanding of dyslexia, language-based learning differences, and related learning difficulties.

The Institute is where parents and education professionals come to learn to better understand and support children who are experiencing difficulties in acquiring language literacy skills. Swift faculty and visiting experts conduct free workshops throughout the school year on subjects ranging from social emotional learning (SEL) and understanding language-based learning differences to dyslexia simulations and instructional technology. Information presented in Swift Institute workshops is based on research and evidence-based practices.

Swift Institute for Learning workshops are open to the Swift community and the general public. Participation is free but reservations are required.

The Institute also offers Orton-Gillingham training courses for a fee.


Phonological and Phonemic Awareness - February 7, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. (IN-PERSON)

Phonological awareness refers to perceiving and playing with words, syllables, and sounds. There is a critical relationship between phonological awareness, reading, and dyslexia. In this workshop, Ms. Jocelyn Gasaway, CCC-SLP, Fellow-in-Training, OGA, will introduce participants to phonological awareness skills through hands-on activities that can be used with children to build a strong foundation for reading and spelling success. Registration for this event has closed. 

Past Events

Experience Dyslexia® - September 2022

Experience Dyslexia® is a simulation that is designed to increase awareness of the difficulties and frustrations that people with dyslexia (a specific language learning disability) experience daily. Participants left the exercises with insight into working effectively with students with dyslexia and with greater empathy and understanding for the challenges people with this learning difference face. Experience Dyslexia® is engaging, enlightening, quite possibly an emotional experience. 

Language Processing: What Does It Really Mean? - November 2022

Language processing is used in the educational setting by teachers, speech language pathologists, parents and others to describe a multitude of behaviors.  What does it really mean? The seminar presented a working definition of language processing and effective strategies to target deficits in this area. Those strategies enable students to leverage strengths, unlock confidence, embrace responsibility, advocate relentlessly and celebrate success. Seminar provided by: Missy Baccala, Heather King, Brianna Avant.