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What Makes Us Special
SensaLearn has been in existence since 2004 to assist those with dyslexia and language-based disabilities.  Advances in neuroscience have demonstrated that notable brain differences exist between children with dyslexia and those without.  As neuroscience informs therapists and teachers, our methodology improves the unique strengths of these primarily visual-spatial learners.  

SensaLearn provides evidence-based instruction for the estimated one in five dyslexic students in Utah.  We help our students realize the joy of learning, establish positive self-esteem, and reinforce their full creative potential all while preparing them for successful academic choices and outcomes.

We fully understand that dyslexia is a learning disability that affects one's ability to read, spell, write, and speak.  We also recognize that people with dyslexia are smart and hardworking, but they have trouble connecting the letters they see to the sounds those letters make.  Whereas those with dyslexia are often just as smart – if not smarter – than their peers, they often struggle in school simply because it take them longer to read and write.  

We have come a long way in understanding and successfully providing instruction for individuals with dyslexia, and we believe that instruction is best provided by trained teachers over the course of full school day.  How does Sail Academy do it?  We do it by employing and building on the specialized teaching and learning methods developed from years of research.  We do it by using very low teacher-to-student ratios because we understand that our students need and require individual attention.  We do it knowing that the methodologies that we employ will almost always result in overcoming dyslexia as our children progress further through their schooling.  And we do it because we know that our public school system is not anywhere near being able to address the special attention, requirements, and motivation that children with dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities need to reach with confidence their full academic potential.
The Director of SAIL Academy Shellie Burrow
Shellie Burrow is the heart and soul of SAIL Academy and the SensaLearn program.

Shellie received a BA in linguistics with minors in Audiology/Speech Language Pathology and Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL).  She received a M.Ed. in Reading, and completed Utah State endorsements for Reading and TESOL.  In addition, she is licensed (and currently practices) as a Mild/Moderate Special Education Teacher.  Ms. Burrow is a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT) as well as a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT).  She is currently completing a practicum as a Qualified Instructor (QI) to train SAIL Academy staff and other Utah teachers with plans to open the first reading center in Utah to train CALT educators.  

Shellie has taught reading skills to a broad base of children with language-based disabilities since 1998. She is passionate about language, reading, and life choices.  She has had the opportunity to publish, train, evaluate, and conduct research and assessments throughout this period of time by serving and working with a variety of populations and disabilities in both the non-profit and private sectors.

Ms. Burrow and her husband previously co-founded Foxridge Publishing.  Foxridge produced and published Studies Weekly, a curriculum for elementary social sciences.  They sold that enterprise to devote their academic energies to the field of reading and written expression for children with dyslexia language-based learning disabilities.

One interesting fact about Shellie (besides the fact that she has raised six wonderful children) is that she and her husband grow lavender on their small farm in Wasatch County.  If you may ever wonder whether SAIL Academy passes the "smell test," trust us it definitely passes the smell test!

3070 Rasmussen Road, Suite 190, Park City, UT 84068     435-709-8509     Info@SensaLearn.org

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