Location: Talihina, OK
Education: CALT/M. Ed Reading Specialist
Years Experience Teaching: 20
Years Experience In Dyslexia: 7
Teaching Experience includes early childhood, elementary, junior high, high school, and special education in all subjects. Masters in Reading Specialty and Certified Academic Language Therapist.
International Dyslexia Association and Academic Language Therapy Association.
Programs Trained In
Trained in the following programs: 1) ‘Take Flight’ by the Scottish Rite Hospital for Dyslexic Children 2) ‘Wilson’ Basic Methods by Wilson Reading 3) Really Great Reading Programs ‘Launchpad’, ‘Countdown’, ‘Blast’ & ‘HD Word’ 4) ‘MaxScholar’ Orton Gillingham Program by Levy Learning Center 5) ‘Barebones Grammar’ by Wendy Stacy 6) ‘Power Grammar and Composition’ by Payne Education Center 7) ‘Morphology and Spelling’ by Payne Education Center
Age Range You Feel Most Comfortable With:
Why did you decide to become a CALT?
My son was diagnosed with Dyslexia at an early age. There was no one in my area of Southeastern Oklahoma who knew what to do with dyslexics in the way of teaching them to read and write successfully and in knowing how to facilitate other aspects of their education. I pursued the CALT program myself to obtain a scientific research-based, explicit, systematic, multisensory program and methods to use with my son and so many other gifted students who were not getting the help they needed at that time. EVERY CHILD deserves to read and write.
Favorite moment working with dyslexic students?
My favorite moment working with students is that “lightbulb” moment when they fully understand they are smart, gifted, unique individuals who were created with a specific purpose.
Your goal when working with kids with dyslexia?
The goal in working with kids with dyslexia is 1) to help them understand that they are perfectly and wonderfully made 2) to facilitate them in becoming strong readers and writers
Your teaching style, personality?
My teaching personality is very soft. I have rules and procedures that my students and I follow, however, my personality is just naturally very nurturing and I allow more movement and “freestyle” than many therapists as we work through our programs. I believe SOME (not all) kids need this approach.
Any family details?
My family carries the dyslexic “genes” and will forever. Dyslexia is a GIFT and those who have it can do wonderful things for this world!
Any extra anecdotal info you want to add?
Thank you for taking the time to check in to dyslexia services. The therapists at DOD are committed to helping struggling readers and writers become successful readers and writers. We are here to help!