Dana Stahl is a learning specialist, educational consultant and child/parent advocate. She has a Bachelor of Science from Boston University in Special Education and a Master of Education degree in Diagnostic/Prescriptive Teaching from The College of William and Mary. In 2005, Dana developed a private practice in Katonah, New York, working directly with children ages four to eighteen on developing their academic skill set and preparing them for their next educational crossroad. Dana’s in-depth background in the field of learning disabilities affords her the opportunity to provide a wide array of academic interventions. As a learning specialist, Dana regularly reads Psychoeducational and Neuropsychoeducational evaluations of students and then writes a summary of the student’s strengths and vulnerabilities, assessing if their educational profiles is an appropriate match to the curricular demands of the schools they are applying to. Dana accompanies parents to CSE meetings and fights for the rights of children to receive appropriate classifications and accommodations. On behalf of her clients, she also petitions the College Board and ACT for specific accommodations on PSAT’s, SAT’s and ACT’s.
Dana is on the Board of Directors of Thistlewaithe Learning Center, a Montessori school for children ages three to six. She is a member of the Independent Education Consultant Association (IECA), the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), and the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC).
In 2014, Dana decided to use her skill set in the areas of diagnostic assessment, educational intervention and advocacy to further develop her practice helping parents to seek and find appropriate programs and placements for their child, adolescent or young adult. Placements in LD day schools, boarding schools, post graduate and gap year programs as well as colleges with LD support are identified and secured by working closely with families, counselors, and learning specialists assuring a successful admission to a supportive social-emotional and educational environment.
Dana can be reached at Educational Alternatives LLC in her home office in Katonah, New York.
Educational Alternatives LLC allows parents the opportunity to seek and find an appropriate educational program and placement for their child, adolescent, or young adult. Placements in day schools, boarding schools, post graduate and gap year programs, as well as colleges with learning support, are identified and secured by working closely with families, counselors, and learning specialists, assuring a successful admission to a supportive social-emotional and educational environment. Life coaching and counseling for children with learning disabilities, ADHD and Autism is provided.