Thriving Special Families

Is a Non Public School Right for Your Child

September 15, 2021 Crystal Sanford, M.Ed., M.A. CCC-SLP Season 2 Episode 13
Thriving Special Families
Is a Non Public School Right for Your Child
Show Notes

Is your child with an IEP struggling in public school? Do you wish there was another alternative for their education? Maybe there is...

Learn more about non-public school options for children with unique needs. Our special guest will be Lauren Donatelli, licensed Educational Psychologist.

Lauren Donatelli
Lauren is a licensed educational psychologist, providing services of assessment, intervention, and consultation in a private practice setting. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at the University of Oregon, at which time she had the opportunity to serve children and their families as a child victim advocate. During her graduate training at San Diego State University, Lauren participated in two grants: one focusing on professionals collaborating to better assist children with autism, and another focusing on serving native youth. Following the completion of her graduate program, where she earned her Masters of Arts in Education, and Education Specialist Degree, Lauren worked as a school psychologist for 5 years. During her last years working in schools, Lauren had the role of assessing the students in the district who were being served in non-public school settings. After starting a family of her own, Lauren decided to begin transitioning into a private practice setting, where she continues to provide services to children today. In the last year she began her own practice in Pacific Beach, serving children from all backgrounds in San Diego and the surrounding areas. Lauren is committed to completing assessments that consider the whole child, and in helping families to feel heard, and supported along the way (

Crystal Sanford, M.Ed.. M.A. CCC-SLP
Crystal is the owner and director of Sanford Autism  Consulting (​, a consulting practice offering IEP advocacy and parent empowerment classes for fellow special needs families throughout the U.S. Crystal specializes in supporting fellow families impacted by Autism, as well as other unique challenges such as learning disabilities and ADHD. To learn more about IEP assistance
and help advocating for the special education your child deserves, contact Crystal at

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