Welcome to my website!
I’m Natalie Venable.
I am passionate about helping kids overcome learning disabilities! For me, it’s much more than a profession. Seeing my son struggle with multiple learning disabilities inspired me to find the answers he needed to succeed.
After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, I taught in the public school system for 9 years. While there, I became certified as a Reading Specialist in a language and literacy methodology based on Orton-Gillingham principles. I went on to earn a Masters Degree in Language and Literacy. As a public school teacher, I worked with special education students and earned a reputation as one who could teach even the “hopeless” cases.
In 1997, I resigned from teaching in the public school system when I adopted my oldest son from Romania. It was not long before I realized that the beautiful child I adopted had some significant learning disabilities. On the autism spectrum, he was also diagnosed with ADHD, dyslexia, and dysgraphia, among others). In addition, he also had vision problems including nystagmus (shaking of the eye) that made it difficult for his eyes to focus, and other health problems.
I resolved myself to finding solutions that would help my son overcome his learning disabilities. I researched teaching techniques, curricula, and even supplements. I attended numerous conferences, spoke with experts in various fields, and experimented through trial and error to learn what worked well and what worked even better.
Some of the approaches I have learned over the years and have incorporated in sessions with my clients include:
Seeing my students light up when they realize that they are learning makes it all worthwhile!
When I’m not helping students “break the shackles of learning disabilities,” I love to spend time with my family.