Personalized tutoring for special needs

Specialized Academic Coaching (SAC) is an educational solution designed for students with any type of learning difficulty.

We tutor students with conditions including, but not limited to:

  • ADHD and ADD
  • Executive Functioning Issues
  • Asperger’s
  • Processing Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Speech and Language Delays

If your child is having difficulty in school, he or she may simply have a different way of learning. Parents are often the first to notice that “something doesn’t seem right,” but sometimes knowing what to do and where to find help can be confusing.

SAC can provide you with the right supports and interventions in order for your student to succeed in school and in life.

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Benefits of SAC

Students who work with an SAC Coach experience marked improvements in these areas:

  • Study Skills
  • Time Management
  • Goal-setting
  • Confidence
  • Organizational skills
  • Focus

Other SAC Services

Our academic mentors can assist your special needs student with all of the following and more:

  • Test Prep – SAT, ACT, AP, Subject Tests
  • College admissions coaching
  • Executive function coaching
  • Wilson and Orton- Gillingham reading systems
  • Educational Evaluations
  • Academic Advocacy
  • ADHD Coaching
  • IEP Reviews

By partnering with the student and incorporating BrainStorm’s core values of customization, enthusiasm, and relationship, the specialized academic coach will empower your child with the strategies and skills necessary to conquer his or her unique challenges.

Meet The Team

Our SAC mentors are certified reading specialists, learning disability teacher consultants (LDTC), social workers, educational advocates, and therapists. They have dedicated their careers to understanding specialized needs and developing strategies to help ANY child succeed.



Kathy, BrainStorm’s Director of SAC, earned her B.A. in Psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey, the went on to receive her Masters of Social Work degree from Fordham University.

Kathy has extensive experience working with children and families struggling with anxiety, adjustment issues, learning challenges, spectrum disorders and attention deficits.



Marissa DiPetrillo graduated from Villanova University with a BA in Elementary Education. She then received two Master's Degrees from Fordham University, in Literacy Education (Literacy Specialist) and Special Education. She also holds a Learning Disability Teacher Consultant certification.

Marissa loves children and has been teaching first grade for fifteen years. She even coauthored and published a children’s book!



David earned both a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Delaware. During his time there, he worked in a neurobiology research lab to advance understanding of the human brain.

David has worked as a neurological assistant, aiding children in recovery from traumatic brain injuries. He also has teaching experience in a title nine classroom in the Lodi school district.



Marlene holds a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and is a New Jersey Reading Specialist.

As an educator, it has always been Marlene's mission to assist students of all ages to be successful human beings and lifelong learners. Reading, writing, and communicating with success and confidence are her most heartfelt goals!



Alex, a native of North Haldeon, attended Seton Hall University for two years, after which he transferred to William Paterson University and graduated in 2012.

Alex understands today’s learners and always differentiates his teaching style to meet each of his student’s needs. His specialties include tutoring social studies and all middle school subjects.



Carly, BrainStorm's Assistant Director of SAC, earned her B.A. in Psychology at Ramapo College and continued her education at Caldwell University with a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling, specializing in Art Therapy.

Carly is a licensed associate counselor (LAC) and a master’s level art therapist working toward board certification. With a strong psychology and counseling background, Carly's approach to mentoring is not only to provide students with the life skills needed to achieve academic success, but the confidence to do it on their own.

BrainStorm believes that every human being has a unique genius and, with the right mindset and skill set, is capable of incredible success. For students with learning difficulties, no one is better at promoting signature strengths – and equipping to overcome challenges – than BrainStorm’s SAC coaches.

For a free learning evaluation, contact Kate Peet at 201.739.3823 or email