Why WNYDS?

Our founder and CEO, Jennifer Hoffman, knows exactly what it is like to be in your shoes. When two of her children showed signs of dyslexia, she guided them through reading intervention helping them become the successful adults they are today. 

 As a certified teacher with over 30 years of experience in education, Jen recognized that dyslexia requires in-depth, direct training to fully understand. She completed training and seminars with renowned dyslexia experts such as Susan Barton and Dr. Kellie Sandman-Hurley. Jen went on to complete the rigorous process of becoming a certified Barton Tutor. Jen saw the need for dyslexia specialists and did the work to become one herself. Since then, she has made it her life’s mission to give students the tools they need to become successful readers.

Jen knows what it takes to help students overcome dyslexia. It requires more than extra time in school or small group learning. Overcoming dyslexia requires one-on-one tutoring administered by experienced literacy specialists. Our reading instructors provide the intensity and repetition required for students to succeed.

Along with Assistant Director Deb Cullen, they have completed intensive training to become certified Barton Tutors. Both Jen and Deb oversee the program ensuring your student is receiving the intervention they need to succeed.

Our trained reading instructors bring years of experience and passion to the table. They use the Orton-Gillingham teaching approach to guide their students. They will work with your student and adapt the program to meet their needs. Our teachers are always creating new ways to engage students and get them excited about reading.

We at Western New York Dyslexia Specialists believe that everyone has the ability to read and spell with confidence when given the right tools. We pride ourselves on being a family here at WNYDS. We are not just here to teach students. We are also here to support you and your family throughout the process. We would be proud to have you as a part of our family.