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I have had the pleasure of knowing Lainie Donnell, personally and professionally, for almost 20 years. Her dedication to her work and her compassion for her students, combined with her knowledge in the field of learning disabilities, make her an extraordinary resource for parents, teachers, and children.
–Elizabeth Lutsky, M.A., BCET, Colleague
Lainie was instrumental in assisting our daughter with her college applications. The time and energy she took to get to know our daughter and then direct her based on our daughter's desires were extraordinary!! Lainie helped a chaotic, stressful process be the complete opposite...Lainie provided the support, structure, and knowledge our daughter needed in narrowing down her applications and completing them! So far our daughter is batting 1000 in Yeses from the schools she applied to! Cannot recommend her enough! 
-Shannon B., Parent 
In addition to having a wide range of knowledge in the area of learning disabilities, Lainie has a patient and intuitive style, which worked beautifully with our daughter. Lainie Donnell has a great deal of clarity, patience, and dedication that she brings to developing positive relationships with her students. She helped my daughter both academically and emotionally to address issues related to her learning differences. Lainie supported Zoe to be more confident and learn to advocate for herself. Lainie has a deep understanding of how children learn and utilize creative ways to meet them where they are. Lainie's talents and professionalism make her a valuable resource for parents and children."
–Pam C., LCSW,  Parent

Before beginning the college application process, I expected to feel anxious and unmotivated, but with Lainie’s help this process was made stress-free and actually enjoyable. She not only assisted me in my applications, but she got to know me, encouraged me, taught me writing and organizational skills, and made me feel proud of the work I was able to accomplish with her help! 


-Tyler B. Class of 2021

"I wanted to thank you so much for your support. She connected with you and learned so much and felt comfortable with you. You really helped enrich the experience [college applications] and we are forever grateful. Her sister is a sophomore, but we will definitely be reaching out to you when her college application time comes.
–Pam S., Parent
Lainie Donnell is a top-notch special educator who helps her students build self-esteem and develop the academic and life skills needed to succeed in school and beyond. She brings a rich background of professional training and personal experience to her practice and stays up to date with current pedagogical research and innovative teaching methods.
–Kathy Spielman, Director of Curriculum and Professional Development, Westmark School

Lainie has been a real lifesaver to our family. She worked with my three children over the last nine years and has provided help to all of them depending on their individual needs. She was able to identify what each child needed to be successful in school despite their challenges and helped them overcome their weaknesses in certain subjects and their fears of failing...The complaining of having to go work with someone after school soon became, "I need to see Lainie because I have a big project coming up or a paper to do." Lainie gave all of them the tools to learn how to break things down so they wouldn't panic...Her guidance and teaching methods have given my boys the confidence to succeed in school and everyday life. She also worked with all three boys on their college applications. Lainie started preparing the boys during the summer for the application process, she helped them organize all the schools they wanted to apply to, scheduled application due dates, assisted with essays, and made sure the boys stayed on top of any requests or follow-ups the boys needed to complete. Her college organization plan was impeccable. 

- Stephanie W., Parent

“You are a gift to us and especially to Noah. Not only did he get into the colleges he dreamed of, he got into several others. With the year that we've had, you are the light that my wife and I needed. We are forever grateful for your hard work and the way that you reduced the stress that my wife and I would have had.”

- Ed and Theresa L., Parents

Lainie has deeply impacted me and helped me grow into who I am today and helped me determine my career path by showing me even with learning disabilities, I am capable of achieving anything I strongly desire with the tools that she has taught me. I started seeing Lainie when I was in high school and she helped me with my various learning disabilities. I have learned so much from her and want to continue to share my knowledge from her with other children who are struggling in school. She is so passionate and dedicated to her students and I cannot thank her enough for all she has helped me with. 

- Kylie L., Former ET/College Counseling Student

Lainie Donnell is the most helpful teacher I've ever had. She used her own time to help me with papers for other classes, helped me keep my backpack and binders organized, helped me prepare essays for college applications, and even brought my school work to my house when I was sick and in the hospital. Her positive and caring demeanor helped shape me to be the successful person
that I am today.
–Andrew D., Former Student, Current Colleague 
Lainie Donnell has been such a HUGE help to my son!  In one year of [educational] therapy with her, he has gone from hating to write and it being his worst subject, to loving to write and scoring higher on writing than any other subject!  She is also one of the few educational therapists who knows how to work with teens and earn their respect. She has training in many of the programs objectively tested and PROVEN to help kids struggling with dyslexia, too.  She has helped my son immensely…
–Sheryl R., LCSW, Parent
Before my son Cole started with Lainie he felt dumb and I was seeing him lose self-confidence.  One of the first things Lainie did was tell Cole, "her story", which immediately put him at ease.  After his first session, he walked out with a big smile and said, "I can't believe she was just like me in school!"  She is teaching him the study skills that he has been lacking, ones that work for him, in order for him to succeed in school.  In such a short time, I have seen a boost in his self-confidence, a change in his study skills,
and improved grades.
Halli L., Parent
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