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Dyslexia Therapy Reimagined

Kristi Belt

Location: Wylie, TX

Education: M.Ed., CALT

Years Experience Teaching: 7

Years Experience In Dyslexia: 4

Teaching Experience

I began teaching in 2005. I taught in the classroom for 3 years before becoming a Dyslexia Therapist. I did that for 2 more years before taking a break to have kids. After taking almost 10 years off, I joined Dyslexia on Demand in October of 2020. I have worked with 6 students during my time with DoD, and I really enjoy working with students one on one! I love the ability to individualize the curriculum in the way that best fits each student, so that the student can work to their highest potential.
I am also a full time homeschooling mom, so my entire day is revolved around teaching in some form or fashion.

Professional Affiliations

Academic Language Therapy Association.

Programs Trained In

Take Flight

Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
Elementary; early middle school

Why did you decide to become a CALT?

I have always been passionate about teaching children to read. My Masters degree is in Reading Education for this very reason. While teaching in the general classroom, I came across multiple students with dyslexia and after interacting with them I knew that I wanted to train to help these particular students learn to read.

Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?

I love that moment when parents send me a message telling me they caught their child reading on their own for the first time-without prompting. That is the moment we can confidently say that therapy is indeed working!

Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?

Beyond assessment scores and reading levels, it is most important to me that my students discover that reading is fun and enjoyable. I want them to feel confident to pick up a book and read it simply because they WANT to, NOT because someone wants to measure how well they do it. I want students to discover that books are safe places to go where they are free to relax and enjoy themselves.

Your teaching style, personality?

I think I am a balanced mix of easy-going plus stay on task. I like to be student-led when it comes to the pace of the curriculum, yet I will work to find ways to keep students on task when distractibility becomes an issue. I will not push through the curriculum just to get it done, but will linger where we need to in order for students to grasp what their brains are ready for. I am a big proponent of brain breaks during sessions-whether that be to play a quick game or a chance for me to read aloud to a student while they just take a minute to listen. I’m also ready to jump on board should pretending and imaginative play need to join into our session (for example: a stuffed animal that wants to read instead of a child that is feeling less than confident that day). The child is the most important part of our session. When the child feels safe, comfortable, and confident then we will have success tackling the curriculum together!

Any family details?

I live in the Dallas area with my husband and children. We have two boys ages 8 and 11. In addition to working part time with Dyslexia on Demand; I am a full time, stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. I love to read, plant flowers, play games, and drink tea.

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