Karen Bourne, owner and clinical director of the Dyslexia Institute of America, in Champaign, Bloomington, and Springfield, Illinois, is a leading expert in the areas of dyslexia. She is a certified Dyslexia Evaluator and Therapist trained The clinics have assisted thousands of individuals to overcome their "brain disconnects." She continues to receive referrals from professionals from both the medical and educational fields. Ms. Bourne has taught in preschool, elementary, middle and high school classrooms instructing at various levels of student achievement in three different states. Her extensive academic training and 30-plus years in the educational field as a classroom teacher, tutor, and clinical supervisor, give her a great knowledge base and a rich tapestry of experience for presenting in the area of dyslexia. Passionate about reading, learning, and teaching, Ms. Bourne has dedicated her life to helping children, and more recently adults, to achieve their highest potential despite their hidden learning problems. Her dynamic teaching style includes the use of small groups, video segments, and practical exercises that demonstrate the essential skills for achieving the course objectives in the school, clinical, and professional environments
Course Content Disclosure:
Participants will be exposed to, but not formally trained in, the use of auditory integration therapies within the content of this course. ASHA Position Policy states that Auditory Integration Therapy (AIT) has not met scientific standards for efficacy that would currently justify its usage.
Financial: Karen Bourne is the owner and clinical director of the Dyslexia Institute of America. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Karen Bourne has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.