Laurie Moloney is a Certified Academic Language Therapist registered nationally with the Academic Language Therapy Association. She is also past-president of the DC Capital Area
Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (DCIDA); co-leader of Decoding Dyslexia DC;
and was the instructor for the Beloved Community Literacy Project, an initiative of the University of
Maryland's African American Studies Department. She is the recipient of The Judge
Alexander Williams, Jr. Center for Education, Justice, and Ethics 2019 Education Award.
Ms. Moloney began her training in 1989 - first at the Tri-Services/National Institute of
Dyslexia and then at the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center (ASDEC) under the tutelage of the late Dr. Betty Levinson, a nationally recognized psychologist and expert in the differential diagnosis of dyslexia; Claire Nissenbaum, M.A., founder of ASDEC, past VP of IDA, Fellow of the
Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, and founding board member of IMSLEC; and Sandra Dillon, founder/director of the Multisensory Language Training Institute
of New Mexico and developer of the Sounds in Syllables (SIS) Multisensory Language
Therapy approach. Ms. Moloney was a member of the ASDEC Board from 2002 to 2009, supervised interns, led its fundraising activities, and teaches the middle/high school summer program in study skills and writing.
Ms. Moloney maintains a private practice, serving students of all ages -- from the mildly
involved to the severely learning disabled. Her areas of expertise include teaching students
to read, handwrite, and spell fluently; take notes from textbooks, literature, and lecture;
enlarge their vocabulary exponentially through the study of Latin and Greek morphemes; read
and think critically; write well; manage their time and school materials effectively;
remember what they learn through novel memory strategies; and self-advocate.
She is motivated by the belief that literacy is a fundamental civil right
unfairly denied to millions of Americans for a myriad of intolerable reasons.