Sharon Pacuk MS CCC-SLP, C/OGA, C-SLDS
Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist
Certified Orton-Gillingham Literacy Specialist
Certified Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist
Orton-Gillingham Teacher Trainer and Coach
Sharon Pacuk, owner of Speech Language Literacy BK, PLLC, is a language and literacy specialist with over 15 years of experience. Her methodology combines a deep knowledge of the structures of language with a gold-standard literacy approach to build skillful and passionate readers, writers, communicators, and thinkers.
She is a Certified Level member of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham, the most rigorous accrediting and certifying body for Orton-Gillingham Practitioners, a Certified Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist, and a NY State licensed speech-language pathologist.
"Reading Tutor" vs. Language and Literacy Specialist
Reading rests on a foundation of language. Reading and writing disabilities, such as dyslexia, are language-based, and the act of decoding (or reading) words never exists in a vacuum. As a licensed speech-language pathologist and certified dyslexia specialist, I am able to address all aspects of literacy and language as an integrated whole: decoding (reading), comprehension and making meaning of what is read, oral language, spelling, grammar, and written expression. In addition, I always work with an eye towards building executive functions, which serves to manage all aspects of literacy.
Ultimately, my goal is to change students' ideas not only about literacy and language, but also about their boundless potential. I strive to nuture students who are skillful, confident, and curious.
Language, Literacy, & Writing Support for Children in NYC
Thoughtful, collaborative treatment to help children process, understand, integrate, and retain the language they hear and read.
Treatment to help children express their thoughts with clarity, precision, and depth.
Instruction using scientifically sound, inquiry-based approaches to teaching reading, spelling, and writing to students who struggle with literacy.
"Sharon is incredibly smart, insightful, empathetic, resourceful and makes learning FUN. My daughter loves working with her and in just a few short months showed great improvements, evident in her reading, comprehension & vocabulary. Sharon also takes time to discuss her process in terms that are easy to understand for a parent with ideas on how to help your child continue improving at home. We feel very fortunate to have found Sharon!"
Sharon is truly the best of the best - bar-none. She reliably delivers so many unique and thoughtful services under her professional umbrella as a Speech Pathologist. Through the application of the Orton-Gillingham method Sharon taught my son how to read. With her devotion and support he developed an ability to decode language which he actively applies to this day as an eight year old as he progresses in his reading abilities. Sharon has stuck with us through the highs and lows that come with learning and has always brought a nurturing, warm, creative and consistent approach. She’s relatable and meets you where you are. She truly advocates for her students and in turn empowers their parents and caregivers in their efforts to do the same.
Sharon has been working with our son for nearly a year and we cannot recommend her more highly.
When we met her in April of 2021, our son was a 6 1/2 year old boy who had been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and a learning disability in reading and written expression the month before. She had an immediate impact on not only our son but our entire family. She is smart, kind, engaging, empathetic, and truly gets to know her students. Our son could not read when she met him and he immediately began learning how to blend sounds into words and soon progressed to reading sentences and books. He continues to make consistent progress and he LOVES reading!
Sharon’s efforts with our son have impacted our lives far more than any other service or therapy he has had since his diagnosis.
"My son's fourth grade teacher recommended Sharon after noting that he was falling behind in writing, despite the fact he was reading well above grade level. Writing had become such a struggle, he dreaded every assignment and had convinced himself he just wasn't good at writing. Sharon not only coached him on writing mechanics but also worked with him on strategies to overcome the negative self-talk that was inhibiting his growth as a writer. Over the 3+ years that she worked with him, he went from barely being able to put down a sentence to being able to outline, draft and edit full essays with relative ease. What was most remarkable was seeing our son transform from a kid that hated writing to a kid who saw himself as a writer. Seeing the positive impact that she was having on our son, we also had Sharon start working with our daughter and youngest son to provide enriched instruction in ELA. All three kids have benefited immensely from her instruction. I highly recommend Sharon to any parent who is looking for additional reading and writing support for their child."