Simultaneous Multisensory Institute of Language Arts

The Simultaneous Multisensory Institute of Language Arts (SMILA), located in Memphis, Tennessee, is an educational organization that is geared toward helping children with specific language difficulties to develop strong reading and writing skills.

The multisensory method of language arts instruction allows for teaching to all of the learning styles – visual, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic. Derived from the Slingerland® Approach, the program trains teachers to incorporate the students’ auditory, visual, and tactile/kinesthetic senses into instruction for learning language skills. Links are consistently being made between the visual (what


Tennessee Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

📢 Parents and Educators!! 📢

Are you looking to understand more how a learning difference impacts your child
or student at ANY age??

Our next Winter Rise Virtual Series is one you won't want to miss!!

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📍Don’t forget!

Looking for an event that will give you connections with experts to help your child or class??

Our Winter RISE virtual series is starting soon and there are still spots available!

Check out our first session 👇
🔅 Learn what the executive functions are & their critical role in the reading process.
🔅 Learn strategies that educators and allied professionals can use to help and support emerging readers with weak executive functions.

Join us!


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Wondering how to purchase tickets for The Winter RISE Virtual Speaker Series??

Tickets can be purchase for the entire speaker series or for individual sessions.
IDA members save $25 off a series ticket cost by using their membership number at checkout.

For more information about how to become an IDA member, please visit

Links to the virtual meeting will be emailed to registrants beginning this month!!

To purchase tickets now CLICK here 👉 12/06/2020

Find Out More About Dyslexia and Language Learning Differences!

Register Today! You don’t want to miss out on this amazing series! The Winter RISE Virtual Speaker Series is a multi-part discussion about best-practices in literacy instruction.


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2021 WINTER RISE SERIES registration is OPEN!

Are you interested in learning more about the emotional impact learning differences
can have on children?

You will want to tune in on January 23, 2021 to hear Brad Rogers present ⬇️

"Denial, Fear, Anxiety, Isolation, Anger: Emotional Impact of Learning Differences"

Want to learn a little more about Mr. Rogers? Check out below!

Mr. Bradley Rogers, Jr. is the sixth Headmaster of The Gow School! He and his family reside on the campus which is located in South Wales, NY. The Gow School is the nation’s oldest college preparatory school for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities. Prior to his headship at The Gow School, Mr. Rogers was the first elected headmaster of The Odyssey School in Baltimore, MD. He served his headship at Odyssey for eight years. During 1989-1996, Mr. Rogers was Dean of Students at Lawrence School in Cleveland, OH. Mr. Rogers holds a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from University of Dayton and a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Rogers enjoys family time with his wife, Anne, and their four sons. He is also an accomplished marathon runner. Additionally, Brad is a certified Baptiste Yoga Instructor.

Don't miss out on hearing him present!

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Register Today!

Registration is OPEN for WINTER RISE!! 😃

Spots are filling up!

Learn from the comforts of your home and engage with TNIDA as we bring you the topics of interest below 👇

January 9, 2021: Cheryl Chase
"Executive Function and Reading, What is the Link?"

January 23, 2021: Brad Rogers
"Denial, Fear, Anxiety, Isolation, Anger: Emotional Impact of Learning Differences"

February 6, 2021: Elsa Hagan
"Structured Literacy for English Language Learners"

February 20, 2021: Nanci Shepardson
"Using Text-to-Speech, Speech-to-Text, and Word Prediction Tools to Facilitate Work Completion"

Register here -> ->


Tennessee Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

We're stronger together:

Next month, we're teaming up with our partners at the International Dyslexia Association Georgia Branch in celebrating our dyslexia community.

We know it takes a village - and we're glad that you're a part of ours! This virtual 5k supports our common work of equipping families, teachers, and practitioners with information on best practices in teaching kids with dyslexia.

Follow the link below to learn more -- and be sure to join Team Tennessee when registering.


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FALL membership going on TODAY!

Don't miss out on an awesome opportunity to be a part of the thriving IDA Community while receiving flagship publications and timely alerts!

Follow these steps to be eligible for a one day pass for the Fall Winter R.I.S.E. !!!
1. LIKE the TN-IDA Facebook or Twitter page!
2. Share the Fall Membership information!
3. Tag three potential new members!
4. Comment done on THIS post!

You won't want to miss this opportunity!!

Renew or sign-up from the link ->>


Another great year of SMILA training!


We are having SMILA this year! 04/15/2020

The Reading League Symposium: We're All In This Together Join The Reading League for our spring virtual symposium! Like all Reading League events, we are focused on building our collective knowledge base and clearing the “research to practice” pipeline by bringing you meaningful and motivating ideas and evidence-based practices that will make a differ...



Kids with dyslexia often struggle with reading—but are just as bright as other students.


Tennessee Branch of the International Dyslexia Association


MTSU Center for Dyslexia

For those of you who were not among the 13,000 plus people who watched the Fox Reading conference during the livestream, you can access a recording of the event at the following link. Skip to 40 minutes into the record for the start of the conference.


Inspiring Minds Learning Center


Two Locations! MEMPHIS and NASHVILLE


Tennessee Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

Time to register!


Tennessee Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

This past week, the House subcommittee for Curriculum, Testing, and Innovation heard testimony from Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn in support of newly introduced literacy legislation. As written, this proposed legislation provides all school districts access to curriculum that emphasizes a systematic, evidence-based literacy instruction in all K-2 classrooms. (A link to the full video can be found in the comments below.)

For now, we are watching how this bill unfolds in the legislature. While it is still too early to know where this will land after discussions in committee and the overall impact it will have on districts and teachers, there are still some things you can do in the meantime.

1 •• Join us at RISE on April 4 to learn about how dyslexia impacts kids in and out of the classroom & learn why systematic, evidenced-based literacy instruction is key to reading development.
2 •• Educate legislators about why explicit literacy skills taught in grades K-2 help all children learn to read. Share your story via email, tag them in social media, and let us know how we can help. Your voice is important in providing the context for the work being done in Nashville.
3 •• Connect with us on social media to keep up to date on legislative happenings and potential impacts on kids with dyslexia. From our website, you can join IDA to receive our quarterly newsletter directly in your inbox.


Tennessee Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

Time to register!


Great News!
Just announced 🎤

JUNE 1-26
Now 2 Locations in Memphis

Join Us for this summer for our ~3rd Decade~of learning the best research-based and evidence proven approach to teaching!

“Training Teachers - Teaching Students”

Location also available in Nashville 👍🏼

To Register:


Tennessee Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

IDA Board member Jennifer Fleming spoke to teachers and parents at a Dyslexia Awareness Day in Hardin County.


Tennessee Branch of the International Dyslexia Association 01/30/2020

Failure to Teach Cursive is Becoming a ‘Security Issue’ "Many Big Apple students... can’t even sign their own names."


“Being a dyslexic individual means I see things differently compared to my non-dyslexic colleagues, this includes spotting weaknesses in business projects and rectifying them to ensure businesses I worked with thrived time and time again,” Ellen Cole says. 01/25/2020

Charles Schwab: Why helping children overcome dyslexia is so important

"If your kid has it -- one in seven do -- you need to work with them because their self-esteem can really be destroyed if they don't get that support," Schwab said. "So, please, please help those kids." "As it turns out, one in seven children have some aspect of dyslexia," Charles Schwab told FOX Business.


Smila Program

What is SMILA?
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Simultaneous Multi sensory Institute Of Language Arts (SMILA) summer program explained. Video Production by: River Birch Industries. (


Check it out! 👀
Some testimonials from our
S.M.I.L.A Summer Reading Program!

Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2020.

Teachers and students visit to apply and learn more.

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Boy with dyslexia creates amazing portrait of John Cena with Rubik’s Cubes

An example of one of many amazing talents of dyslexia! Check it out. He had to make sure the color combination on each of the 750 cubes was just right. Author: Travis Pittman (TEGNA) See the boy's finished work in the YouTube player below. A Canadian boy with who calls dyslexia his "SUPERPOWER" has wowed social media by creating a mosaic portrait of WWE... 01/16/2020

7 Things I Wish People Knew About Parenting Kids With Dyslexia There's a lot of frustration—from seeing her kids struggle to explaining dyslexia to teachers. Here's what a mom of two kids with dyslexia wants others to know.


Tennessee Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

‼️Registration opens January 15, 2020‼️


Inspiring Minds Learning Center


Be a part of an AMAZING teacher training program! We will also be in Memphis.

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Decoding a Multisyllabic Word
Kinesthetic teaching of phonograms.
Flying kites...
Correct letter sound articulation with Sharon Dytrt
Our very own Rosemary Williams receiving the Lifetime Achievement and Appreciation Award from the TN International Dysle...
Rosemary Williams presenting "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" at the TNIDA Conference
Rosemary Williams presenting "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" at the TNIDA Conference
Rosemary Williams presenting "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" at the TNIDA Conference



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