Kathleen Ferrufino, M.Ed.
Founder, Dyslexic Labs
Being dyslexic myself, I understand what it’s like not to be able to read, write and spell. That was me in the first grade. I remember sitting at the reading table, and just staring at the letters, because they weren’t making sense to me. Reading was hard, and it made me feel like a failure.
Nothing was clicking for me, and my teachers didn’t know how to help me.
It wasn’t until the third grade that I finally got the help that I needed. At this time, I started working with a private tutor who was an Orton-Gillingham certified instructor. With this direct, systematic and multi-sensory approach to learning, I finally learned how to read!
For the next several years, I attended a private school for dyslexic students. Where I was able to learn the way I needed. After four years, I went back to a regular public high school, I was able to test out all of the strategies and accommodations that I was taught. And you know what? I succeeded!
When the time came, I also found the perfect college. With an updated learning evaluation in place, I was able to get the accommodations I needed to be successful. I can’t tell you how much relief I felt when I finally was able to learn the way I needed to in college and have all the accommodations I needed.
I also understand what it’s like to struggle with dyslexia as an adult, but I’ve learned that the advantages outweigh the challenges. I still use assistive technology to help with challenges and getting my time back with reading, writing and spelling. But with all the advantages I’ve experienced, I have found a way to succeed in this world.
Now I can’t imagine what life would be like today without being dyslexic. Being dyslexic has made me who I am today, and I’m truly grateful for that. Now that I understand my own superpowers and advantages, I feel empowered. And this is what I want for your children, too. I want to share all of my knowledge and simple strategies so that you can help your child feel successful and empowered in this world, too. I am here to help you and your child find your path.
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