About the Center
The DeFusco Dynamic Learning Center is a comprehensive pediatric- based educational facility that focuses on speech, language and reading issues.
Specializing in cognitive and psycho-educational evaluations, treatment, and therapeutic plans specifically aimed at the remediation of speech, language, reading and other learning concerns.
About Elizabeth Molinari DeFusco
Elizabeth Molinari DeFusco has been in private practice for over 40 years and has worked with hospitals, legal teams, schools and Child Study Teams in the Monmouth and Middlesex County areas as an Independent Educational Consultant and Speech Pathologist.
As a Speech Pathology graduate of Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, she went on to study at Georgian Court University where she received her credentials as a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant. Mrs. DeFusco, known by her students as “Mrs. Bette,” also holds certifications in Elementary Education as well as Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She is board certified by the American Speech and Language Association and holds a New Jersey license.
DeFusco decided to sub specialize after she realized that while she could get her students to speak beautifully and develop age appropriate language skills, she noticed some were not doing well academically. Their reading needs were not being met by the schools in a time efficient manner. One approach does not necessarily work for all students, which is why she became an expert in various schools of thought about learning issues and reading programs.
While schools do a good job at educating the general public, they are often slow to evaluate children in the younger grades, even when the children are demonstrating reading and/or learning difficulties. It’s not necessarily the school’s fault. If they test in the first or second grade, the child may not meet the stringent state guidelines for classification. However, a concept known as Response to Intervention (RTI), which is a three-tiered program should be introduced. Usually, this is a time-consuming process with valuable time wasted getting the dyslexic child into the 3rd tier.
This is an area where DeFusco is a valuable resource. Her expertise allows her to evaluate a child, make a recommendation, develop a learning plan and execute it, often working in tandem with the school district to make sure the child succeeds.
Mrs. DeFusco or “Mrs. Bette” has been an educator since 1977 with an exemplary background in treating and caring for children and young adults with minor to severe learning issues. With her unique educational background, Mrs. DeFusco is a highly trained tutor who specializes in dyslexia, reading comprehension, written language weaknesses, learning disabilities, auditory processing issues, as well as speech and language disorders including apraxia. She uses evidence-based techniques and cutting-edge technology programs to supply an individualized program for each child. Some of the school districts she works with include, but are not limited to, Old Bridge, Neptune, Union Beach, Monroe, Colts Neck, Sayreville, Tinton Falls, and Freehold, NJ. She will treat your child as her own.