More About Melanie

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Certified Academic Language Therapist

Melanie Florsheim, M.Ed., LDT, CALT is the mother of three children. Melanie has navigated through life having dyslexia herself and learned to read, write, and spell in elementary school through the same programs she uses to teach her students. She is a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist through the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.  She received her Certified Academic Language Therapist training from SMU after completing over 700 practicum hours of direct, systematic, explicit instruction to students identified with dyslexia or reading disorders. She has experience with students in public and private school systems as well as in her private practice.  Melanie has also served on section 504 School Committees to help students with an educational diagnosis of dyslexia as well as develop the student's Individual Accommodation Plan supported under Section 504.


Melanie is the founder and director of Gateway Growth and Development that provides academic language therapy and support to Pre-K students through adult-aged individuals.  She is a member of  the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) and the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).  Melanie is also recognized by the International Dyslexia Association as a Certified Academic Therapist.

Education and Training

Her training includes the Take Flight: Comprehensive Dyslexia Intervention Program, Rite Flight: A Fluency and Comprehension Program for Effective Reading Instruction and Pre-Flight: A Introduction for Young Students to Take Flight:  A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia. Each program emphasizes phonemic awareness and comprehension and was developed by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC).

Melanie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas in 1994.  Her prior work experience includes over 20 years in the classroom teaching all levels of elementary school in Texas, Louisiana, and Georgia. 

Melanie later received her Masters degree in Education from SMU while she completed the Academic Language Therapy Program. 

Melanie continues to strive for excellence in her field of expertise through obtaining a minimum of 10 hours of  CEUs each year in the area of dyslexia.