The World has Lost a Ground-Breaking Pioneer: In Memory of Dr. Darold Treffert

Dec 15, 2020 | News

Dr. Darold Treffert died unexpectedly on Monday, December 14th, 2020 at the age of 87.  

Dr. Treffert’s compassion for children and their families continues to inspire all that knew him. He helped to re-shape how people viewed savants, autistic individuals, and hyperlexic learners by focusing on their strengths and abilities.  

As Phyllis Kupperman mourns her friend and colleague, she says, “I was always very impressed by the way that he supported parents and families of children with special needs with infinite kindness and empathy. There was nobody better than he in the way he collaborated with families.” 

We are so honored and blessed to have worked with and learned from Dr. Treffert, who shared our passion for supporting hyperlexic learners.