Julie Burke is the Founder and Director of Burke Therapy, LLC. Julie opened Burke Therapy, LLC as a therapeutic learning private practice to bridge the gap she believes exists between school and family and to help children develop the skills they need to grow into functional, independent adults by providing high quality, comprehensive services not only to the children themselves but to their caregivers as well.
Julie received her Master of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Science from Southern Connecticut State University. She holds both a Connecticut State and Department of Public Health license and a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). As a licensed speech language pathologist, she provides direct services, comprehensive evaluations, needs assessments, professional development and technical assistance to families, as well as public and private school districts throughout Connecticut. She specializes in the areas of Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), inclusion, language-literacy skill development, receptive/expressive and social language delays, executive functioning and pragmatic deficits, the evaluation and treatment of children and adults with feeding and swallowing disorders, articulation and phonological impairments, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) and stuttering. In addition, Julie is Level 1 PROMPT therapy trained, a motor-speech based therapy approach which utilizes a tactile cueing system for facilitated speech sound production.
Julie is well known throughout the state of Connecticut for her comprehensive services, innovative treatment strategies, professional development and the technical assistance she provides to speech language pathologists (SLPs), general education teachers, special education teachers, paraprofessionals and families. When she's not on the road, in the office or in the classroom, Julie enjoys exploring nature and taking time to observe the simple wonders of the natural world with her husband, Tom and two young daughters, Tayler Mae and Payten Jane.
Nicole Farley received her Bachelor of Science in Middle Childhood Education in 2012, and Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology in 2014 from The Ohio State University. She holds both a Connecticut State and Department of Public Health license and a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech & Hearing Association (ASHA). Nicole has worked part-time and full-time in public and private schools specializing in pediatric clients from 3-21 years old. She has expertise in literacy, receptive/expressive language delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, AAC devices (specifically Proloquo2Go), pragmatic deficits, articulation and phonological impairments, fluency, and syntax and grammar deficits.
Nicole’s passion is in the areas of language-literacy skill development, articulation, and social skill development. Nicole believes the purpose of speech-language therapy is to equip both clients and their families with the tools needed to foster confidence in the school, home, and community settings. Nicole feels a true responsibility for her client’s success and enjoys working closely with families to aid in the generalization of speech-language skills. Nicole hopes for all of her clients to enjoy learning through her fun, multi-modal approach to speech therapy and spark an interest in reading, as well as expanding language and social interactions.
In addition to Nicole’s passion for working with school-age children with language and literacy deficits, she has extensive experience in the area of Autism Spectrum Disorder and providing functional communication and social skills to children and young adults on the autism spectrum.
Cathy received her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology in 1986. She holds both a Connecticut state license and a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech & Hearing Association (ASHA). She has diverse clinical experience including 13 years working with a multidisciplinary team providing services to preschool and school aged students in the Simsbury community. In addition to the evidence-based practice she delivers, Cathy is dedicated to equipping families with the skills and tools needed to foster success within the home and community environments.
In her 30 plus years of experience, Cathy has worked full-time in public schools and part time as a Birth-to-Three provider. Her interventions have included a multi-modal approach to functional communication including speech/language, simple sign language, and AAC (augmentative alternative communication) such as PECS, iPad communication apps, and dedicated speech output devices; as well as individual and classroom-based therapy for articulation/phonology disorders, apraxia of speech, fluency, syntax/grammar, and functional and pragmatic language.
Burke Therapy is excited to have Cathy as of the team. Her passion for children and personal goal to make therapy fun as well as effective and functional makes her an excellent addition to the “Burke family”.
Jaime Levesque received her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2014 from Hofstra University. She holds both a Connecticut State License and a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). Throughout her career, Jaime has worked in the public school system as a school-based clinician, and has experience working in a private practice with clients of all ages. Jaime is passionate about working with children and their families to ensure that they have the knowledge and tools to be successful at home and in the community.
Jaime has experience working in public schools with children ages 3 to 14 with Autism, speech or language impairments, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Down syndrome, and intellectual disabilities. Individual, group, and classroom based therapy was provided for articulation, syntax/grammar/semantics, pragmatic language, functional communication, and literacy strategies. She has implemented AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication) devices such as, picture communication boards/strips and iPad communication applications. In addition to her experience in public schools, Jaime also completed a graduate level internship in a private practice where she serviced clients aged 6 months to 75 years old for feeding/swallowing disorders, voice disorders, and articulation disorders.
Lauren Persico received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2014 from Southern CT State University. She holds both a Connecticut State License and a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). Since receiving her degree, she has worked full-time in a public-school setting supporting children and young adults using a multi-modal approach to functional communication including speech/language, simple sign language, and AAC (augmentative alternative communication) iPad communication apps such as LAMP and Proloquo2go; as well as individual and classroom-based therapy for articulation/phonology disorders, fluency, syntax/grammar, functional and pragmatic/social language (utilizing the Michelle Garcia Winner - Social Thinking curriculum).
Additionally, Lauren has had great success working with individuals of all ages challenged with deficits in the areas of executive functioning. Through simulated life skill activities, her client's develop strategies that can be easily generalized into their everyday community.
Come meet Lauren and see for yourself how she is able to infuse evidence-based practice into functional therapy all while keeping therapy fun and highly effective.