Literacy Owl

Providing intervention services in articulation,receptive language,expressive language,phonological awareness,spelling,reading

About Us

We provide speech, language, and literacy services north of Boston.

Welcome to Literacy Owl!

Bridging the area between spoken and written language, Literacy Owl provides speech, language, and literacy support to preschool and elementary school-aged children through research-based practices.

Our interventions are provided in one-to-one sessions as well as group therapy sessions as needed.

Please contact us to discuss your student's concerns and needs.

Our Services

Contact us for more details about services to address individual needs


A speech disorder refers to problems with the production of speech sounds.

  • Articulation - correct production of speech sounds
  • Phonology - rules for structure and sequence of speech sounds


A spoken language disorder refers to an impairment of the acquisition and use of oral language.

  • Receptive language - the ability to understand words and sentences
  • Expressive language - the ability to express needs, wants, thoughts in words and sentences
  • Areas addressed - vocabulary, morphology, grammar, syntax


A written language disorder refers to an impairment of reading and writing skills.

  • Phonemic awareness - the ability to recognize and manipulate individual sounds in spoken words
  • Reading decoding - using symbol to sound correspondences to convert print into a phonological representation
  • Reading comprehension - the ability to understand what is read and acquire new information from written texts
  • Spelling - using sound to symbol correspondences to convert a phonological representation into print
  • Writing - the planning, production, and editing of written texts
  • Areas addressed - vocabulary, morphology, grammar, syntax


We never thought we needed a tutor for our son because he was labeled "gifted"; however, he was not demonstrating an interest in learning to read and we wanted to make sure he was prepared for the first grade. Sofia is knowledgeable and professional. She understands the skills that children need for a strong foundation for reading. Unlike other tutors, Sofia was able to engage our son and he is now excited about reading....and after just a few months!


parent of a kindergarten student

Winchester, MA


Helpful resources

Topic Reference
You can find more information on written language disorders and the relationship between spoken and written language here Link
To understand the signs and symptoms of a written language disorder please visit Link
You can find more information on effective reading instruction here Link
For more information on spelling and the relationship between spelling and reading click here (515) 975-9972
For information of spoken language disorders click here 6362306000

Our Team

Sofia M. Flaherty


Sofia M. Flaherty is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and Reading Specialist. She obtained her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology with a concentration in Reading Disorders from the Institute of Health Professions, an academic affiliate of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Because her training meets the Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading as established by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) and The Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI), Sofia has received their designation of Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist.

Sofia is certified in the Wilson Reading System (Level 1). She has also received training in the following programs:

  • LiPS (The Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program for Reading, Spelling, and Speech)
  • Seeing Stars by Nanci Bell
  • RAVE-O (Reading through Automaticity, Vocabulary, Engagement, and Orthography plus retrieval)
  • V&V (Visualizing and Verbalizing by Lindamood-Bell

Sofia has worked in private practice and in public schools at the elementary level providing intervention services to students with spoken and written language disabilities.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding our services, please feel free to reach out to us

Literacy Owl, LLC
P.O. Box 403
Andover, MA 01810