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Dyslexia Therapy Reimagined

Julie Burke

Location: Melissa, TX

Education: Bachelors of Science in Education, Masters of Science in Social Work

Years Experience Teaching: 14

Years Experience In Dyslexia: 6

Teaching Experience

Preschool (3 years)
First Grade (4 years)
Third Grade (1 year)
Dyslexia Therapist (2nd to 12th grades) (6 years)

Professional Affiliations

ALTA (Academic Language Therapy Association)
United Educators Association
Current Certified Texas Teacher

Programs Trained In

Take Flight
Reading Horizons

Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
I have done Dyslexia therapy in the public schools in Texas for the past 6 years. I have worked with students between the 2nd and 12th grades. I enjoy working with all these age groups.

Why did you decide to become a CALT?

My oldest son was diagnosed with Dyslexia at 6 years old. His diagnosis brought me into the world of Dyslexia. When I was transitioning from my work in the field of Social Work back into the Education field; I decided I wanted to do what my son’s Dyslexia therapist did. So, I started training to become a Dyslexia therapist. I knew from the first day of training that I had made the right choice for me!

Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?

I have had a lot of memorable moments seeing my students’ hard work pay off over the years. However, one moment made me cry tears of joy on my way home from work one day. I have a student who came to my district when he was 15 years old. The school he had gone too since kindergarten did not have a Dyslexia program. He did not know how to read. He worked so hard in therapy with me. After a few months we hit a place in therapy where we would read books. I did not know how he would feel that day about reading a book for the first time with me. He read the first passage and wanted to continue. We read for a solid 40 minutes that day. He had worked so hard and for the first time he read a book! Since then, we have read a few books together and he always wants to read when he comes to therapy. I just feel honored that I get to work with students who are so resilient.

Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?

I want to teach my students the skills needed to become a reader and/or better reader.

Your teaching style, personality?

I like to build rapport with my students where they will feel emotionally safe. I believe that when a child feels safe he/she will have the resources freed up to focus on learning. I like to work at the pace of my students. When I was in training I was taught, go as fast as you can, but as slow as you need too. And my supervisor tells me that my calm demeanor comes through when I teach.

Any family details?

My husband and I have 2 sons. One is in college studying Psychology; and the other is my Entrepreneur.

Any extra anecdotal info you want to add?

I am excited to get to know the students and their families as I work with Dyslexia on Demand!

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