Dana Aussenberg, M.S. Ed.
Learning Specialist


Do you have to ask your child multiple times to put down the iPad and finish their homework? Does your son or daughter often misplace their homework, permission slips or other important materials? Does it seem to take forever to get your kids out the door in the morning? Sound familiar?

  Dana Aussenberg is a Learning Specialist and Certified School Counselor with a Master's Degree in Education. Dana specializes in working with students on an individual basis, teaching executive functioning skills including organization, time management and study strategies.




Dana received her B.A. from the University of Vermont and her Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Hunter College. Dana's Master's Degree thesis focused on cyberbullying and its effect on adolescent self-esteem. Dana worked as a School Counselor at a 6th through 12th grade school in Gramercy Park, counseling students individually and in small group settings with a focus on problem solving and relationship building. She then went on to work at one of the nine selective public high schools in New York City as a College Counselor guiding 11th and 12th graders through the college application process, college essay revision and interview preparation.

From 2012 through 2016 Dana worked for the CUNY Start program as a Student Advisor and then Program Coordinator where she worked with first-semester college students transforming and teaching college skills preparatory curriculum. Dana also advised students on an individual basis helping them to develop problem solving, time management and communication skills through a collaborative inquiry-based approach. 

Dana currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Gantry Parent Association, an organization which serves as a central resource and information hub regarding education in Long Island City, NY.


Approach + Services

The core of Dana's approach is grounded in relationship building and learning about her students. To achieve success, trust and connection are essential. For children to succeed both in and outside of the classroom, they need to know how to plan their time effectively, stay organized and study “smarter not harder”. Using a strength-based approach, Dana focuses on students' strengths to motivate and empower them to do their best work. She provides personalized coaching that incorporates a student's academic, social and emotional well-being.

Through their work with Dana, students learn to become accountable to themselves and develop an inner discipline. The ultimate goal is for a student to independently apply these learned skills to their academics as well as their every day life. 

  • Executive functioning skills
    • Time management and planning
    • Goal setting
    • Organization (for the home and at school)
    • Focus
    • Study strategies
    • Motivation + task initiation
    • Emotional control
    • Impulse control
    • Flexible thinking
  • Test anxiety
  • Coping skills
  • Self-esteem + self-advocacy
  • Note taking
  • Summarizing
  • Reading and writing skills 

*Dana is happy to communicate with your child's school to work as a team, ensuring that your child is continuously progressing.  



"I have nothing but the highest recommendation for Dana.  We are so lucky to have found her – not only is she kind, knowledgeable, patient and encouraging, but she accommodates a working mom’s schedule.   Her knowledge and kindness has made her a very effective tutor- this is the first time my kids are excited to learn and show confidence in their work. Thank you Dana!"

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Dana has improved my self-confidence, motivation and grades. When I began working with her I was failing one class and had a D in another. Within two months, my grades in both classes were A's. I would never have been able to accomplish this without her. Dana really cares and is teaching me a lot more than academics. She has shown me where I've been in my own way and how to fix the problem. Never thought that this was possible. My parents are thrilled!"

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"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all of the hard work you did with our daughter. When she started first grade she was struggling to read. She was very discouraged and we recognized that her frustration was just compounding the situation, she was losing confidence and focus. You taught her reading in a way that helped unlock important skills and you made every session fun and enjoyable for her.  Now her confidence has improved considerably. We are grateful to you for giving our daughter confidence and for assisting her greatly in improving her performance. Thank you again for all your help."

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"Coming from a very different kind of education system, Dana was always there for me, making the transition to college very smooth and easy to understand. Dana is very knowledgeable and offers advice and strategies to stay on a path to educational success by focusing on someone's skills, strengths and passions. I'm so happy to have worked with her during my course of study at CUNY Laguardia Community College."  

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"Dana taught me the skills I needed to know to prepare for my college classes and my future career as a Registered Nurse. The Nursing program is demanding and time management is important. Dana helped me to prioritize my time, set achievable goals and create a plan for success. Although, I was skeptical about registering for my nursing prerequisite classes, with Dana's coaching, I felt confident going into my first semester of college."

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Meet Maggie

This is Maggie. She is my lively and loving four year old mini goldendoodle. Maggie loves to play fetch, is infatuated with tennis balls and truly enjoys being around children. She is a fixture in our neighborhood and "waves" hello to everyone she meets. Maggie and I have been spending time this summer in a therapy dog training program to become a therapy team.

What is a therapy dog?

Research has proven what pet owners already know. Interactions with animals can reduce stress and anxiety and provide a sense of comfort and happiness. Animals create tremendous motivation in people of all ages and can be a fundamental component in the success of physical treatments and educational programs.

Therapy dogs are dogs who go with their owners to volunteer in settings such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes. From working with a child who is learning to read to visiting a sick patient in the hospital, therapy dogs and their owners work together as a team to improve the lives of other people.

Maggie and I have completed a therapy dog training course and evaluation to become a registered therapy team. We are registered with New York Therapy Animals, a highly respected New York City based dog therapy program that works with numerous organizations within the region.



What do we do as a therapy team?

My work with students involves teaching concrete skills such as organizational and study strategies as well as time management. I also work with students who have challenges including impulse and emotional control, sustained attention and flexibility.

A therapy dog can serve as a non-threatening presence and help children feel more comfortable. Research indicates that children with ADHD who have participated in canine-assisted therapy show more improvement in overall social skills. Additionally, human-animal interactions can have an encouraging effect on learning by increasing one's emotion, attention, and engagement in a therapeutic or academic environment. Maggie will serve as a comforting presence to students who may benefit from this type of support.

Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, Maggie and I will be visiting schools in the Long Island City area. We hope to bring a sense of calm and happiness, as well as confidence to the students we visit. We will also be participating in the R.E.A.D. program, whose extraordinary mission is to improve the literacy skills of children through the assistance of registered therapy teams as literacy mentors. We are excited to get started!



Meet Dana

An initial 30 minute phone consultation is free of charge. Please contact Dana for fee structure, policies and availability. 

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