What is East Valley Literacy Testing and Tutoring?

East Valley Literacy Testing and Tutoring was founded in 2005 to meet the needs of families in the Phoenix area including Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Queen Creek and Apache Junction for comprehensive evaluations of reading difficulties. We offer diagnostic evaluations for language disabilities and provide educational therapy for reading disabilities. Our mission is to improve literacy by providing evaluations, therapy, training for professionals and to promote family and community awareness programs.

Children with dyslexia have bright, intelligent minds with many talents who are failing because they have dyslexia. Casts and crutches are not in evidence, but the learning disability's crippling effects are every bit as devastating as those of a physical ailment. An estimated 10-15 percent of the population has difficulty with the symbols of written language, including sounding out words, reading comprehension, writing and spelling. Without help to overcome this disability, these children often lose their self-esteem, drop out of school, and ultimately fail to realize their potential.

Both children and adults come to our center for comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations. Individuals are often referred to us when schools, doctors, psychologists, and counselors seek clarification and/or more specific information regarding a person's learning disorder.

Children who are at risk or who have been diagnosed with language and literacy disorders receive private therapy to facilitate development in their areas of need. Individuals who have been diagnosed with dyslexia attend literacy classes in our center. These classes utilize a scientific, research-based curriculum, which targets reading, spelling, and written language skills.

Linda Barr, M. Ed. - ALLC East Valley Director

Linda graduated from Central Michigan University with dual certification in special education and elementary education. She and her family moved to Arizona where she taught third grade, kindergarten, special education and served as a reading specialist. Her master's degree was earned at Northern Arizona University. Mrs. Barr also treated children with traumatic brain injuries working with a team of neuropsychologists at Barrow's Neurological Center. Linda has many graduate hours in her area of interest, dyslexia and other reading problems.

Mrs. Barr states, "There have been so many children that I was unable to reach. I knew they were able to learn, but I wasn't teaching them correctly. With all the groundbreaking research in the area of reading difficulties I feel we are in a very exciting time in education. I can't ignore this research. All children can be taught to read. I want to help those children with dyslexia by first identifying the cause of the reading problem accurately and then finding the appropriate program to teach them." She serves as Arizona Vice-President and 2010 National Conference Chair for the International Dyslexia Association. Annual attendance at these conferences has enabled her to bring back the latest research taking place. Mrs. Barr is trained in several Orton-Gillingham programs, including Sonday, Wilson Fundations, and Barton, as well as Great Leaps. She is also a certified CLIP teacher. Mrs. Barr received her Certification for Dyslexia Testing in October, 2004.

Danielle Bourgault, Ed.S. - Assessment Director

Danielle has been a school psychologist since 2003. Through assessment, diagnosis, intervention, consultation, and counseling, Ms. Bourgault has worked with hundreds of students with learning disabilities in the area of reading. She has conferred with the families of these students, as well as educational support staff and private agencies to design appropriate intervention plans for reading success. Ms. Bourgault has attended professional workshops on dyslexia, brain development, phonemic awareness and multi-sensory reading programs. Most recently, Ms. Bourgault's primary interests include dyslexia, early literacy and brain imaging.

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