Laura Cesaroni, received her Ph.D from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto. Her area of interest was within Special Education, developmental psychology and assessment and counseling. Currently, she is a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO #002669) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Laura's early training began at The Clarke Institute of Psychiatry and the Hospital for Sick Children as a psychometrist. She has worked in a number of organizations and had a private practice. Her experience with families and children with learning, attention and developmental challenges spans over 25 years in the field. FERN was inspired by Laura as a way to support more families and children in meaningful ways. She began fundraising for FERN through annual rummage sales from her home in Stouffville. Today FERN has developed into a community group of caring families, children and staff. Laura works as a clinician at FERN. She is compassionate and believes that the supports and services at FERN must come from the ground up- families play a critical role in the development of services. More recently, Laura is training with the Mehrit Centre and Dr.