I am extremely grateful to have found FERN for my daughter. Before FERN I felt lost, not knowing what I should be doing for my daughter or how I could best support her. Dr. Laura and all the wonderful staff at FERN have been instrumental in showing me the way.

Dr. Laura has an amazing ability to recognize each child as a unique individual and how to work with his/her weaknesses to bring each to full potential.
My daughter has grown in so many ways since beginning at FERN. Her academics have improved as well as her confidence. She has developed friendships and truly feels part of a family.

I can't say enough about the positive benefits of FERN. Dr. Laura and Tina both have such a genuine interest in each child's well-being. They will go above and beyond your expectations to ensure your child has every opportunity to succeed.

S.S., March 2017


This past year has been an amazing and enlightening experience for our son & our family, all thanks to FERN. Dr. Laura & her team are very dedicated & committed to the children and families they work with. Our son attends FERN, several times a week, to participate in “Fill In The Gap” Direct Instruction program to learn the basic foundations in numeracy, reading and comprehension. I really appreciate the science behind these programs. I like how new bits of information are introduced in small increments, while the major concepts are repeated over and over again until mastered.
Our son was also fortunate to receive FERN Therapy Funds that will allow him to participate in the “Writing Without Tears” program through Making Small Talk. We are so grateful to have found FERN and to be part of the FERN Family.

A.N., January 2016


Laura is the best in the field! She is extremely knowledgeable and very professional. She excels in the areas of social thinking and emotional regulation. FERN is a super organization for families to gain the appropriate supports for their children. I am constantly recommending FERN to others.

Shayna Gaunt, Director, Kidmechanix, July 2015


My families experience with FERN has been amazing! Right from the beginning when I had no idea where to start to help my son, Dr. Laura was there with a warm smile and a plethora of information that would help my child’s academic future when it came to Math and Language. Fill in The Gap was a program that helped strengthen the areas in Math and Language that my son missed in his earlier years of learning. It was a learning experience for the whole family, it brought us together and only strengthened us as a whole. Thank you for your help so far and I have and will continue to trust my family with FERN’s resources and programs in the future.

D.B., March 2015


I’d like to express my gratitude for everything FERN has done for my son. They quickly identified his strengths and needs and promptly had a plan of action. He enjoys working with the student he has been assigned and looks forward to going back each time. The direct instruction used here is well researched and has been very effective with helping turn his needs into his strengths. FERN has also aside from working directly with my son helped direct me to helpful resources/organizations/software programs and even taught me how to use direct instruction with him myself. Dr. Laura also gave me some helpful guidance on advocating for his needs with his school.Thanks again for putting this organization together to help support our children to feel more confident in their abilities and for us as parents to feel more able to teach, advocate and support our children to achieve their very best.

Y.S., April 2015


I cannot talk about FERN and Dr. Laura without tears coming to my eyes. My daughter has been coming to FERN to participate in the “Fill The Gap” program for about one year. Twice a week we commute from midtown Toronto at the start of rush hour so she can attend her weekly sessions with Dr. Laura and her team of volunteers. People ask why would we commute so far at that time of the day to do tutoring?? The answer is simple. It’s not tutoring. Dr. Laura teaches the foundation skills that are required to be a successful and confident student through utilizing the Direct Instruction teaching method. The progress she has made in her reading, comprehension, math, and reasoning skills are incredible. She can now complete her work at school with speed, accuracy, and most importantly, confidence. This I believe has been a big factor in her increased ability to stay focused and pay attention. She no longer “shuts down” or “drifts off”. She has confidence in her ability to do the work. Thank you Dr.Laura for establishing FERN and for being the light at the end of what has been a very dark tunnel so far.

K.G., April 2015


We have known Dr. Laura for the past 11 years. Her dedication to our family and other families goes above and beyond anyone that I know. She has provided us with support in all areas of our sons life and ours.

FERN resource center is a dynamic place to find resources and take out material. Or it can be a place to work quietly. We have been coming for years and find Fern a home away from home. From the time you enter their doors to their warm smiles you receive wonderful family support and are welcomed and supported by great staff.

All my questions are answered in a timely manner and emails the same. I highly recommend anyone that is needing support or needing direction for a loved one with any disorder to open their doors and embrace their knowledge.

L.D., April 2015


FERN is like no other place – it is warm and welcoming, a calm, relaxing escape – not just a place to go to for information on anything you’ll need to raise your children, but so much more. The guidance, support and direction offered by Dr. Laura Cesaroni and her team is unbelievable! Their dedication to the kids is immediately apparent and the introduction of the Direct Instruction tutoring program has made all the difference in empowering my daughter academically.

We feel very blessed to be a part of this «family », because that is how we are made to feel, and my daughter, who struggles with a number of issues including anxiety absolutely loves her time here! We have taken part in tutoring, social groups, meetings and parties, and have loved every experience! It can be very difficult to find a place to help our children, particulariy ones that fit a budget, but FERN has no contracts or forced commitments which makes it accessible to everyone– I continue to recommend FERN to friends, and all have been really happy!

There should be a FERN in every community – this is exactly what every family with children need. Thank you Dr. Laura, Tina & the FERN family, you have changed and enriched our lives beyond words.

J.M., June 2015