In service to our communities in Ohio, we build awareness in the field of dyslexia by providing professional development and community outreach through our expertise and leadership.
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 Ohio 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-OH 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.
Andrea Rowson, associate director at the Columbus Children’s Dyslexia Center, is an instructional leader with Upper Arlington City Schools. She has over 22 years of experience teaching in both Ohio and California. Andrea has contributed to recent legislation related to screening students for dyslexia and providing training for teachers to support literacy and dyslexia.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s of Science in Special Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from Kent State University and a license in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K – 3rd grade) from Chapman University in California. Additionally, she received her M.Ed. from Ashland University in Classroom Instruction and Curriculum.
Andrea began her career teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing students in 1990. This experience motivated her to return to school in order to learn more about language and literacy. She completed the Initial, Advanced, and Therapy courses through the Children’s Dyslexia Center. Her structured literacy certifications include Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) and Instructor of Certified Academic Language Practitioners through the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA). She is also Level 2 certified in the Wilson Literacy Program.
She has been at the Dyslexia Center for ten years and loves helping trainees become skilled practitioners.
Chelsea Brown is one of the Academic and Behavior Coaches for Pickerington Local Schools. She has worked in the classroom prior to this year for nine years as an intervention specialist. Currently, Chelsea is going through Supervisor Training with the Children’s Dyslexia Center as well as finishing her second master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Her previous master’s degree was in Reading Education. She loves reading and teaching others how to read! She hopes to continue to show her passion in her new position! In her spare time, Chelsea spends it with her husband Tanner and their three girls, Cora, Evelyn, and Sofia. She loves being outside and taking walks but is also a huge homebody and loves to watch The Office!
Tabatha Walls is currently a School Psychologist, entering her 30th year in education. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College in both General and Special Education. After teaching as an Intervention Specialist she went on to earn her master’s and Education Specialist degrees in School Psychology from the University of Dayton. Mrs. Walls was trained at the Dublin Children’s Dyslexia Center and is a Certified Academic Language Practitioner.