The mission of ALTA-AR is to promote professional camaraderie so that therapy strategies can be shared to support CALTs, CALPs, mentor therapists in training, and act as a resource for the education of our communities in Arkansas.
We are dedicated to providing continuing education opportunities that promote the professional growth of our members. Events are worth continuing education hours (CE) to use towards ALTA membership requirements.
Find an Arkansas Professional
Our members are made up of individuals with the CALP, CALT, ICALP, or CALT-QI distinction. Find an ALTA-certified professional in your area that represents the highest quality services to those individuals with dyslexia.
ALTA-AR is made up of therapists and practitioners dedicated to providing rigorous evidence-based multisensory structured language education (MSLE) therapy to individuals with dyslexia. Meet the leadership team.
Brenda S. Nahlen, M.Ed, CALT-QI
Brenda has been a member of ALTA since 2013. She was trained in Arkansas by Vicki King in the Take Flight curriculum. Later, she went on to get trained in Alphabetic Phonics in Fayetteville, AR by Kelly Brown and Kay Peterson. She also attended LEAD in Dallas for her QI training through Kay Peterson and attended the Take Flight Retraining at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas. She currently works as a Reading Specialist at Preston & Florence Mattison Elementary (public school) in Conway, Arkansas. She is always excited and proud to say she is a member of ALTA due to its high standards and its professional code of ethics. ALTA gives her the opportunity to learn and collaborate with those who share her passion for teaching and learning.
Holly has been an ALTA member since 2018. She received her training through the Shelton School under Nancy Coffman. Her journey with dyslexia began early in her career as a classroom teacher. She had a young man in her 5th-grade literacy class who was an exceptionally bright student but could only read at a second-grade level at best. When he was assessed, it was discovered he was dyslexic. She began researching to learn as much as possible about dyslexia. Fifteen years later, Arkansas passed dyslexia legislation and her district posted a dyslexia teacher position. She jumped at the opportunity to change her career path and to attend Take Flight training. She currently works at Greene County Tech Elementary and also provides private tutoring.
Courtney Holt, M.Ed., LDT, CALT
Courtney has been an ALTA member since 2018. She received her training in Texas from Neuhaus in Basic Language Skills. She will begin training with David Hanson this summer in the program, Take Flight. She currently works at Bald Knob Public Schools. She loves that ALTA is a community of lifelong learners that have a plethora of knowledge to share with each other. ALTA members are passionate about their profession and the programs used to remediate and teach students with dyslexia. As a community, ALTA provides resources and a networking capability of support that ensures success for both the CALTs and the students.
Jill Henrich, M.Ed, CALT
Jill has been a member of ALTA since 2017. She trained through LEAD out of Texas with Kay Peterson. She was originally trained in Alphabetic Phonics and then was retrained by Vicki King in Take Flight. She currently works at Little Rock Christian Academy. She loves that all ALTA members have had similar training and have a similar passion for helping children and families affected by dyslexia. The CALTs she knows are all life-long learners and are always striving to do better for their clients. She also appreciates the fact that she can go to another CALT for consultation and strategizing for best practices in remediation.
Patricia Elkins, M.S.Ed., LDT, CALT
Patricia has been an ALTA member since 2017. She received her training at SMU (Southern Methodist University) for Alphabetic Phonics and Multisensory Teaching Approach (MTA) & Vicki King for Take Flight retraining. She currently works for the private school, Little Rock Christian Academy. As a therapist, she appreciates the standards that are in place to ensure that each Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) has completed a rigorous training program, completed supervised clinical teaching hours that consists of detailed observations from their qualified instructor, as well as passing a qualifying exam. ALTA members network and consult with each other to provide the best services for their clients.