About Us

At DYStinct Learners, we believe in the transformative power of support and understanding. Our mission is to empower parents and educators alike with the knowledge, tools, and resources they need to guide dyslexic learners toward their fullest potential. Together, we can create a world where every child feels valued, supported, and capable of achieving greatness.

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About Us

Our mission is to empower children to become confident and proficient readers through a structured, systematic, multi sensory program that is individualised to meet the needs and learning profile of each child.

We aim at making tutoring accessible to students despite geographical limitations or shortages of qualified interventionists. We are passionate about making a difference in the lives of children who struggle with reading so they can develop a stronger confidence in themselves and their interest in reading.

dyslexia intervention and tutoring
dyslexia intervention and tutoring

Our Goal

  • Reduce stigma and encourage those with dyslexia to seek help, through education and awareness
  • Allow the student to build a confidence that no matter what he/she can succeed
  • Provide equitable access to evidence-based service, support, advice and advocacy
  • To give a chance to students to prove themselves
  • Use and adapt to advances in technology
  • Develop strong strategic partnerships with schools and education providers
  • To help the parents cope with the difficulty in the most suitable and appropriate way

Our Story

For Parents by Parents

This center was started by a parent for parents. As a mother of 3 children, one of whom is dyslexic, Rehab Shahbal created the DYStinct Learners as a result of the struggle faced by her to find the right support throughout her son’s journey. This included challenges faced in getting the right diagnosis, remediation, and intervention which proved to be time-consuming and limited.

Having gone through this struggle and continuing on this journey, she decided to:

  • To help kids overcome their learning difficulties with proper intervention and encouragement to pursue their areas of strength.
  • To create a platform to increase awareness and support to parents and educators.

Meet our Team

We always joke that our ideal tutor is just a really smart clown. Our tutors speak "kid" fluently, know how to make the hard stuff fun, and are trained in research verified methods that work for students who have struggled in other settings.

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Rehab Shahbal
Founder & CEO, DYStinct Learners
Rehab Shahbal leads DYStinct Learners as its Founder and CEO. A dedicated mother of three, including a child with dyslexia, Rehab is deeply committed to transforming the landscape of educational support. Her personal journey fuels her mission to ensure that specialized, research-driven services are readily accessible to students, parents, and educators dealing with dyslexia and other learning differences. With over 25 years of experience in senior executive roles, Rehab brings a wealth of knowledge and a strategic approach to her leadership. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration, specializing in Strategic Management, from the University of Strathclyde.
Sherry Maher
Head of Learning
Sherry Maher, Head of Learning at DYStinct Learners, holds a Master’s in Psychology and is a certified Dyslexia Specialist and Positive Discipline Parent Educator. With over nine years of educational experience, she specializes in multi-sensory and holistic approaches to special education.
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Lisa Murphy, M.S. Ed.
Education Specialist
Lisa Murphy has spent over half her life teaching reading, starting in Boston and later developing an RTI program in Hawaii, and leading the Intensive Reading Program at Maine's Aucocisco School. She holds an M.S. Ed. in Curriculum Design and a teaching certificate in Special Education.
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Shameem Banu
Dyslexia Specialist, ADSHE, UK; Certified Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist, USA; Associate Level-Orton Gillingham Practitioner, USA
Shameem Banu, with 14 years in higher education and a Master's in Rehabilitation Science, is a recognized SpLD Study Skills Specialist and Dyslexia Interventionist. She has extensively trained over 2000 professionals worldwide and authored six peer-reviewed research articles in the field of learning differences and structured literacy.
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Sophie Hubbert-Serverence
Specialized Tutor
Sophie is a double degree student who studied at University of Maine Orono and is wild about her cat, Rue! She loves reading and crocheting. Her favorite thing about teaching is helping students unlock their reading potential.