Mom & Dad  

 

     I live in your shoes. I am not only a trained educator for children with learning disabilities, but I experience it every day with my own two sons.

     I understand the fear & anxiety, and I also know how heartbreaking it can be to watch your child struggle in school.  Both of my boys (now grown) have challenges to learn themselves.

     I know what it is like to have my heartbreak because my child was struggling. It was especially hard for me because I was a teacher for kids just like my own. I know what it’s like to want to wave a wand to magically make it all go away for them and help them learn without it being such a struggle.

  • I see you. 

  • I hear you. 

  • I especially understand how you feel.

 

My goal is to help both you and your child feel success 

in their educational journey. 

About me

Hello, my name is Kathy Cousineau. I am a mom of two young men and 2 kitties (I never thought I’d be a crazy cat lady – but here I am!). 

I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher - I even made my brother "play school" while we were growing up! Starting right from high school and college, I worked in various positions helping children with the most severe learning disorders in specialized schools.  After college, I found my first teaching job and I remember being SO excited to finally be living my dream!  

For over 20 years I have been a Learning Disabilities Specialist. I really love figuring out what a student's strengths are and to teach them strategies to overcome their challenges. I also love helping students become as independent as possible and help them to learn to advocate for themselves. 

For nine years I was given the honor to be our city's LD classroom teacher for grades 5 & 6 (A language-based learning disability classroom). In the classroom setting, I incorporated a holistic approach to learning that was unlike other traditional classroom settings. Things I included were:  

  • Brain Gym 

  • Mindfulness

  • Yoga 

  • Ambient lighting 

  • Use of multiple assistive technology tools 

  • Taught with a multi-sensory approach in all subject areas.  

 

As with my classroom experience, I work with the parents, not just the child. Many of my online students and their families become like members of my family. We get to know each other and develop a relationship, rather than just an exchange.  

 

I also provide many resources to families to help them engage and learn outside of the tutoring sessions such as my private parent online learning support group, personalized notes, and access to other resources to use in-between our sessions. 

Nate, Mason, my dad, and I