Testimonial #1

Our son has had roadblocks to learning that we discovered when he entered Kindergarten. We learned he had auditory processing “glitches.” We were puzzled that seemingly straightforward assignments came home to be redone. Last summer (summer 2018), before the start of fourth grade, we enrolled our son in to The Learning Lab’s Cognitive Training Zone and saw a jump in his reading skills that advanced him from below previous grade level to above the incoming grade level in a matter of six weeks! The frustration with school assignments largely dissipated for the first time this year. Overall satisfaction and performance are hugely improved from my son’s viewpoint. As a family, we finally feel like it’s coming together for him. We’ve come a long way! My son now participates in The Learning Lab’s Individualized Leaning Zone where he can tackle math in a whole new way. Thank you Franny, Aly and all the wonderful tutors at Learning Lab!

April Engelke (Benjamin’s Mom)

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“The Learning Lab is not just a place to put your child. It is a partnership with passionate professionals”

Testimonial #2

Fran Rubio-Katz and Aly Young are the dynamic-duo that is Learning Lab!

Beyond being highly seasoned educators, Fran and Aly created their own S.P.A.C.E Philosophy that identifies the five key learning components for academic success. Their philosophy and expertise in focusing on the emotional processes, as the most important step toward success in the educational one, makes The Learning Lab truly unique.

After years of moving my daughter, Grayce from teacher to teacher, tutor to tutor and fighting for an IEP that didn’t seem to produce consistently better results, it took The Learning Lab for me to finally understand, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”. I learned the importance of paying closer attention to the emotional well-being of my child and how it impacts her educational experience. They also went above and beyond in helping me build bridges with Grayce’s teachers and school administrators, which has proven to be a difficult challenge to say the least.

Case in point: Seeing how distraught I was regarding, yet another school meeting with my daughter’s teachers and ESE Specialist, Fran represented me. Sitting there once again as the staff flipped through files, saying the same things I’ve heard before about Grayce’s poor performance, Fran took control and cut through the clatter. She quickly parsed through the paperwork, knowing exactly what to look at and what to ask for. Shen then succinctly explained that one of the big issues besides her ADHD, was Grayce’s emotionality which blocks her Executive Function, needed to improve her performance. The response from her teachers was less than enthusiastic when Fran respectfully offered some suggestions that might be helpful to my daughter’s progress. But Fran remained undaunted and took more time out of her busy schedule to follow up with a second meeting in attempt to build productive bonds with them.

Not only do Fran and Aly truly partner with you and your child every step of the way, they provide their top-notch team with inspirational leadership, by fostering a fundamental shift in thinking about education and providing an environment of encouragement and steadfast support.

The gains that Grayce has made with The Learning Lab are significant. Her Reading Comprehension Diagnostic went from a 3rd grade to a 5th grade level, increasing by a whopping 78%! Her math grades are continually improving as well. But most importantly, her confidence and self-esteem has risen tremendously and she looks forward to going there each and every day. The Learning Lab is not just a place to put your child. It is a partnership with passionate professionals, who make a real difference in children’s (and parents’) lives.

Elyse Ranart (Grayce’s Mom)

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Testimonial #3:

Before coming to The Learning Lab my husband and I were at a loss as to how to help our daughter. School had always been a struggle for her and homework was even harder.  This poor child sat lost in class because she can’t understand what the teacher is saying, and then she was expected to come home and do homework. I didn’t know how to help her understand. There were tears and fights and it took hours to complete and at the end of the night we were frustrated and exhausted.  I couldn’t do it anymore, something had to be done to help her. Finally Avery was diagnosed with SLD & Dyslexia at the end of 1st grade and our journey began.

I knew there had to be help out there but while researching I became so discouraged. I had a very hard time trying to find a place that was the right fit and helped children like Avery. Thankfully a friend told me about The Learning Lab. I didn’t know what to expect but I was blown away from the very first time. Not only did they welcome Avery with open arms (literally), they educated me on Dyslexia and what to expect for the years to come. We left there feeling so hopeful!

After Avery was tested, they built a plan that was tailored to Avery’s needs (every child there is treated as an individual and treated accordingly). The Learning Lab offers so much more than your traditional intervention programs. Avery gets one on one help, uses cognitive training software programs, receives homework help, learns strategies to help with frustration and most importantly, she gets love and encouragement consistently from the team at TLL. They make learning fun and do it the way the child learns. Avery looks forward to going every day. Yes, she goes everyday and she loves it!

Since starting the program, Avery has grown exponentially in her skills. She has always worked below grade level and this year she is working at grade level which is a HUGE accomplishment. She has not only made educational gains but her self-confidence and independence has also increased which is so important for children with learning disabilities.

Words cannot express how thankful our family is for The Learning Lab. They have worked with us through hard times and have helped to ensure Avery gets what she needs to be successful. They have changed our lives and most importantly Avery’s future looks bright!

Gabriella Souffront (Avery’s mom)


“The Learning Lab is an all-inclusive scope of the child and their needs in learning”

Testimonial #4

The Learning Lab is an amazing place! Franny, Aly, and the entire staff, are the cream of the crop educators! My daughter has been an active student with The Learning Lab for 18+months. My daughter has struggled with school since Kindergarten. She began the program at The Learning Lab and everything progressed immediately. The educational therapists at The Learning Lab have taught my daughter strategies to help her with reading and math the way she is able to learn, understand, and apply. They have reshaped her foundation, given her the ability to build upon and taught her how to apply techniques to school and to everyday life. The Learning Lab is an all-inclusive scope of the child and their needs in learning. I can’t thank them enough for helping my daughter become the best version of herself.

Lisa Pantanzo (Gia’s Mom)

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