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Specialized Academic Coaching

Enroll your student with special learning needs in private tutoring with central New Jersey’s top academic coaches!

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

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

  • Study Skills
  • Time Management
  • Goal-setting
  • Confidence
  • Organizational Skills
  • Focus
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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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
  • IEP Reviews
  • Educational Evaluations
  • Academic Advocacy
  • ADHD Coaching

The experience with brainstorm has been great, everyone is professional and qualified. My son has become more confident in the area he is studying and has improved academically.

C. DeGregorio
Manalapan, NJ

Meet the Team



Kathy, Director of SAC, earned her B.A. in Psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey and received her Masters of Social Work degree from Fordham University.

Kathy has many years of experience working with children and families struggling with anxiety, adjustment issues, learning challenges, spectrum disorders, and attention deficits. She works tirelessly to help special needs students reach their full potential.



Alex, Coordinator of SAC, earned her Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Marist College.

Alex has worked with students struggling with developmental delays, learning disabilities, and mental illness. As a Mental Health Counselor, Alex has helped students overcome challenges and find the motivation to reach their goals.



Janine, Director of Sportika and SAC Academic Mentor, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ithaca College and her Master's degree in School Counseling from The George Washington University.

Janine worked as a high school Guidance Counselor for five years. She has six years of experience working one-on-one with students with learning difficulties and has taught Academic Skills and Basic Skills Reading at Brookdale Community College.



Andrea received her Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Special Education/Early Childhood from the College of Staten Island.

Andrea has been a Special Ed in-Class Support/Resource teacher for 12 years. She has experience working with students with ADHD, anxiety, and emotional disorders, as well as students on the spectrum and other learning disabilities.

About Special Needs Tutoring

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 (Specialized Academic Coaching) coaches.

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.

Learn more…
In the video below, BrainStorm CEO Scott Doty speaks with Kathy Acosta, BrainStorm’s Director of Specialized Academic Coaching.