The Apple Group provides referrals, awareness, and training perfect for everyone from parents of dyslexics all the way to those pursuing the new Arkansas State Law mandated kind of dyslexia therapy for public schools. Choose from the following options below that best suit you.

What Is Dyslexia?

According to Arkansas Law, dyslexia is defined as a specific learning disability that is:

  • Neurological in origin; 
  • Characterized by difficulties with accurate and fluent word recognition and poor spelling and decoding abilities that typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language;
  • Often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities;

3 Implications

  1. Dyslexia, if not diagnosed early, can be severely detrimental to a child's academic success as well as his or her self-esteem;
  2. Most children identified as having markers of dyslexia and related disorders can be successfully treated;
  3. The cost of screening and treating dyslexia or a related disorder early is significantly less than the cost of intensive remediation in the later school years for a child with dyslexia or a related disorder.
Did you know?…
Struggling readers in k-2 will be screened for markers of dyslexia.
— Arkansas Dyslexia Law, Act 1294

Dyslexia Awareness Workshop

The Apple Group's three hour or five hour Dyslexia Awareness Workshop introduces schools and co-ops to the key areas around dyslexia.

  • Causes of dyslexia
  • Warning signs and symptoms
  • Current brain research surrounding dyslexia
  • Common myths about dyslexia
  • Positive attributes of dyslexia
  • Famous dyslexics
  • An overview of Act 1294 (the new Arkansas dyslexia law)

What Your School Can Expect

Hands On

  • Our workshop is hands-on, inviting participants to experience dyslexia through visual, auditory, motoric and expressive/receptive simulation.


  • An overview of the research-based, evidence-based way to teach a dyslexic to read and spell, including an introduction to the Orton-Gillingham method.
  • Practical tips for teaching a dyslexic, homework helps, study skills and helpful classroom accommodations.


  • Mary-Margaret Scholtens           
  • Cherry Frierson
  • Kelly Fowler


  • $250 per hour for workshops
  • $5 handout fee per person /or handouts can be emailed for a school to copy
  • $50 per hour for travel outside of Jonesboro, AR


Interested in booking The Apple Group for a Dyslexia Awareness Workshop? 

Did You Know?…Dyslexia Awareness will be provided for all teachers by 2014-2015.
— Arkansas Dyslexia Law, Act 1294


Reading Intervention

A forty-five hour course in systematic, multi-sensory techniques for teaching the acquisition of the basic skills for reading, sponsored by The APPLE Group, Inc. of Jonesboro, Arkansas.

The participants will learn a multi-sensory approach to intervention strategies for children who exhibit different learning styles.   The goal of the course is for the participants to have a full understanding of multisensory intervention skills. They will have an understanding of current scientific research and brain studies involving dyslexia and effective, evidence-based reading programs.

CONNECTIONS: OG in 3D® is a, systematic, multi-sensory research-based approach to teaching the phonology, decoding, and reading skills of the English language.  The trainee will be well-versed in preparing, implementing, and conducting the components of an Orton-Gillingham based lesson which includes phonemic awareness (enabling the student to detect, segment, blend, and manipulate sounds in the spoken language); graphophonemic knowledge for teaching the letter-sound plan of English; and the structure of the English language that includes morphology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics.

Participants will learn linguistic instruction directed toward proficiency and fluency with the patterns of language so that words and sentences are carriers of meaning. Connections: OG in 3D teaches strategies for decoding, encoding, word recognition, fluency, and comprehension.

 This workshop is for  ▪  teachers  ▪  special educators  ▪  counselors  ▪  principals  ▪  intervention specialists  ▪  reading specialists  ▪  parents or grandparents of dyslexics  ▪  tutors

One in five children has trouble learning to read in spite of having normal intelligence, adequate instruction, no emotional disturbances, and no sensory deficits.  These children need a different approach to learning language, the sounds and the letters that represent them, and how to put them together and take them apart.  Their hands, eyes, ears, and voices have to work together to retain what is being taught. This requires a structured, sequential, multisensory method of teaching.  Not only is this type of instruction essential for the 1 in 5 children who do not respond well to typical teaching methods, but it also works for all children and can be used in any classroom with amazing results.

Materials (estimated at $800) are included in the training at no extra cost: reference book, phonemic object kit, 3D movable alphabet, glass beads, Jailbird™️ puppet, index cards, Elmer’s Glue All, vowel song booklet and manipulatives kit, Lick the Lines program and starter kit, Magic E Spoon materials, printed Lesson 1-20 cards, set of Lesson 1-30 personalized readers and fluency charts, benchmarks, checklists, glass tracing board, plastic canvas, flying schwacer, h brothers manipulatives kit, manipulatives, notepad, highlighter, markers and more.  In addition, the trainee will receive the CONNECTIONS: OG in 3D® manual. The manual is gifted to the trainee, from The APPLE Group, and serves as a perpetual, exclusive, non-transferable license for permission to use CONNECTIONS: OG in 3D®. The manual is the property of the trainee.


Mary-Margaret Scholtens, Author of CONNECTIONS: OG in 3D®, Founder and Executive Director of The APPLE Group, Inc.      

Cherry Frierson, Author of CONNECTIONS: OG in 3D®, Founder and Director of The APPLE Group, Inc.

Kelly Fowler, CALT, Trainer in CONNECTIONS: OG in 3D®


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Did you know?…Dyslexia therapy provided for those with markers of dyslexia by 2015-2016
— Arkansas Dyslexia Law, Act 1294
Did You Know? . . . Connections: OG in 3D® is taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at The University of Central Arkansas. Because of that, UCA is only 1 of 28 IDA accredited univeristy programs in the nation.
This is a life-changing training. I feel like this information could be considered the “best-kept secrets” of education…This is the best use of my time-ever!

Dyslexia Therapist Certification Level




FIRST YEAR ($2700)

($1500 deducted from total if already trained in Connections)

100 Classroom Hours    

45 Hour Training in

Connections: OG in 3D (6 days)

  • History of OG, terms, the structure of the English language, why we teach multisensory, current research, accommodations, and technology. You will be able to immediately begin working with students.

3 hours of research and preparation of materials

Seminar Days (7 days)

  • screening, school reading intervention group setup, continued practice of Connections: OG in 3D lessons.

  • Each seminar includes mock lesson practice

  • Assessments (dyslexia screeners and other evaluations: GORT-5, CTOPP-2, Woodcock Johnson, TOWRE, etc.)

  • How to use school data (DIBELS, DSA, DRA, etc. to progress monitor the students)

  • Arkansas law and accommodations for students

  • How to present teacher dyslexia awareness workshops: What Dyslexia Is, What It Isn’t and What to Do About It, including dyslexia simulation - model whole group lesson - teach the characteristics of a child with dyslexia.

Attend 1 professional conference • 200 clinical teaching hours • 5 demonstration lessons • practicum project • book projects                                                         


You must be able to attend all seminars



100 Classroom Hours

Comprehension and Study Skills: OG in 3D (4 Days) (included in the $3000)

  • Nonfiction Comprehension in 3D, Fiction Comprehension in 3D, Study Skills in 3D, Written Expression, Fluency, and Vocabulary

Seminars (remainder of the 200 classroom hours)

  • Advanced part of the structure of the English language

  • Each seminar includes mock lesson practice

  • Ethics and Private Practice

  • Technology

  • Dyslexia Demystification and Emotional and Social Effects

  • Related Disorders

Attend 1 professional conference • 500 clinical hours • 4 demonstration lessons • practicum project • book report

Two Year Dyslexia Therapist Training Program Total Classroom Hours 200 //Total Clinical hours 700




Why should you join the Dyslexia Therapist Certification Program?

  1. Certified in Connections: OG in 3D Reading Intervention with the components required by the Arkansas Dyslexia Law, Act 1294.
  2. Prepared to teach and lead the Dyslexia Awareness Professional Development, now required by The Arkansas Dyslexia Law, Act 1294.
  3. Prepared to instruct teachers in your school building how to implement multisensory spelling into their whole group lessons using Connections: OG in 3D Spelling, Levels 1-4.
  4. Prepared to model OG/MSL lessons in the classroom for teachers in your school.
  5. Prepared to design accommodations for struggling readers in the classrooms and during the 504 meetings.
  6. Prepared to use assessments to monitor progress with data collected by the school.
  7. Prepared to assess struggling readers in the school district. 
  8. Prepared to explain and help implement the Arkansas Dyslexia Law in your school district. 
  9. Prepared to open a private practice in dyslexia therapy.
  10. Able to train in The APPLE Seed, a phonemic awareness and early sound-to-symbol multisensory program.
  11. Prepared to take a national exam, when available and if eligible, by knowing the following:                   
  • Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading covered on the Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI) exam.
  • Knowledge and Practice Standards of IDA.
  • Nine standards covered on the Alliance Exam  (Texas' licensing exam)
  • Five components of a comprehensive reading program by NRP



What is an Orton-Gillingham-Based Multisensory Structured Language Approach?

CONTENT: What is taught?

Sound-Symbol Association:This is the knowledge of the various sounds in the English language and their correspondence to the letters and combinations of letters which represent those sounds. Sound-symbol association must be taught (and mastered) in two directions: visual to auditory and auditory to visual. Additionally, students must master the blending of sounds and letters into words as well as the segmenting of whole words into the individual sounds.

Phonology and phonological awareness: Phonology is the study of sounds and how they work within their environment. A phoneme is the smallest unit of sound in a given language that can be recognized as being distinct from other sounds in the language. Phonological awareness is the understanding of the internal linguistic structure of words. An important aspect of phonological awareness is phonemic awareness or the ability to segment words into their component sounds.

  • Syllable Instruction: A syllable is a unit of oral or written language with one vowel sound. Instruction must include the teaching of the six basic types of syllables in the English Language: closed, vowel-consonant-e, open, consonant-le, r-controlled, and diphthong. Syllable division rules must be directly taught in relation to the word structure.
  • Morphology: Morphology is the study of how morphemes are combined from words. A morpheme is the smallest unit of meaning in the language. The curriculum must include the study of base words, roots, and affixes.
  • Syntax: Syntax is the set of principles that dictate the sequence and function of words in a sentence in order to convey meaning. This includes grammar, sentence variation and the mechanics of language.
  • Semantics: Semantics is that aspect of language concerned with meaning. The curriculum (from the beginning) must include instruction in the comprehension of written language.


  • Simultaneous, Multisensory (VAKT): Teaching is done using all learning pathways in the brain (visual/auditory, kinesthetic-tactile) simultaneously in order to enhance memory and learning.
  • Systematic and Cumulative: Multisensory language instruction requires that the organization of material follows the logical order of the language. The sequence must begin with the easiest and most basic elements and progress methodically to more difficult material. Each step must also be based on those already learned. Concepts taught must be systematically reviewed to strengthen memory.
  • Direct Instruction: The inferential learning of any concept cannot be taken for granted. Multisensory language instruction requires the direct teaching of all concepts with continuous student-teacher interaction.
  • Diagnostic Teaching: The teacher must be adept at prescriptive or individualized teaching. The teaching plan is based on careful and continuous assessment of the individual's needs. The content presented must be mastered to the degree of automaticity.
  • Synthetic and Analytic Instruction: Multisensory, structured language programs include both synthetic and analytic instruction. Synthetic instruction presents the parts of the language and then teaches how the parts work together to form a whole. Analytic instruction presents the whole and teaches how this can be broken down into its component parts.

Information on Orton/Multisensory Teaching adapted from “Clinical Studies of Multisensory Structured Language Education for Students with Dyslexia and Related Disorders” published by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council and distributed by The International Dyslexia Association.