Allison is a Family Behaviorist and Learning Specialist who is committed to empowering families with children ages 3.5 to 25 years old in working together successfully while raising children's self-esteem and their ability to self-regulate. So that, together, families thrive emotionally, socially, academically and behaviorally. She does this by supporting and coaching you and your children in a psychologically safe environment with a variety of approaches that include shifting mindsets, beliefs, behaviors, critical thinking skills, and academic strategies.
I found Allison Dankner through Facebook. I read her reviews and called her to see if she might be a good fit to work with my challenging 17 yr old son. Initially, I had my doubts. After all, he is 17 and much of his temperament and "ways" are solidified. After a phone conversation with Allison, I had a good feeling that she may be able to reach my son. She had assured me that she has a history of establishing good working relationships with teens his age. As my son began to work with her weekly, I saw an immediate transformation. He was actually looking forward to his appointments with Allison. I began to see him transform and advocate for himself in school and set goals. He applied for college and became motivated. As a mental health professional, my son has been to multiple therapists, and this by far has been the best experience for him. He has never been bored with Allison, and she has helped him with his self-esteem which in turn helped him grow as an individual. I cannot say enough about Allison Dankner, her clinical skills, and her rapport with my son and myself. All the time and years spent in counseling did little to motivate or help my son with his skills, and Allison quickly and gently assimilated herself as his coach and therapist.
We reached out to Allison last year when searching for enrichment for our almost 4-year-old. We had known Allison for and knew her to be responsible, kind, and engaging with kids. We were discouraged to discover she no longer resided in New York and asked for local suggestions, but ultimately decided to give online lessons a try two days a week with Allison. My daughter loved it! That year-long enrichment has become a necessity, academically, behaviorally, and emotionally for my whole family. I began working with Allison two days a week last year as well, after friends suggested it, to support all of the progress my daughter was making. She gave me additional strategies, insights, and acts as a supportive friend, coach, and therapist, Allison has now become a necessity in the quarantine. She works with my daughter three days a week now, as a replacement for school and they work on social, and behavior as we navigate life at home, and she supports me with varying strategies as I need in this ever-changing new normal. Allison, we would not have survived this quarantine without you, thank you!
Allison possesses an infectious passion to improve the lives of the families and children she works with; her talent and drive to make a difference by strengthening the familial connection to education, continually nets boundless growth and knowledge for everyone.
Allison helped my family and I tremendously. I didn’t realize how negative my household had become. She showed me how to approach behaviors differently, and appreciate the small victories to enjoy my children again. I am forever grateful.
We are really so thrilled with all of the progress Zoe has made over the past two months. It is clear the work you are doing with my wife, Jessie to promote the right encouragement for her is helping and it is so nice to see. Thanks so much for everything!!
I had contacted Allison after a recommendation from a friend because it seemed my son Alan kept on falling more and more behind in school. I was bummed to hear that Allison had moved away but she convinced us to give it a try via FaceTime. I was skeptical at first since I couldn't quite envision how this could play out but after the first two sessions I totally got it why and how this could unfold. Allison's energy and vibration when communicating with kids is endless and does not stop long-distance. You can have all the great tools available but if you are not able to make the child excited about the learning process it will not work, whether in person or via chat online, I can highly recommend Allison to every parent who needs that extra support outside of the classroom.
We were happy to be introduced to Allison through another family she works with. One of our daughters was struggling with organization and focus on her homework, reading/writing skills and her behavior needed some attention. After just her first semester with Allison, teachers reported marked improvement. Three years later we still contact Allison to update her prior to sessions regarding behavior at school and with her siblings. We are amazed at the improvement in our daughters attitude.
Thanks to the digital world we live in, Allison can educate kids and teens around the country. As for me, the most important thing is safety and trust. Some of you think of me as an animal whisperer of some sort. Well, Allison Danker is like a child whisperer. She knows how to reach them by building their self esteem and educating them. No harm in an inquiry. Our Children/Teens deserve that at the very least.
We’ve referred Allison to friends in the area and they have always reported back with good news, thanking us for referring someone so wonderful. We have been amazed at how quickly older children consistently warm to her as well. Allison is kind, trustworthy and extremely perceptive, and was just as wonderful with Mathew for enrichment, writing and behavior coaching as she was with Jonathan for his admissions test. Our decision to have Allison accompany him to the test was a game changer. I can’t recommend her highly enough.
I am so lucky that I have a dear friend that always knows the best person to call whenever you need a hand and I am eternally grateful that she shared Allison Dankner’s contact information with me! We met Allison when we were going through the stressful process of taking the pre-kindergarten ERB exam in New York City. She calmed our nerves while she delighted our daughter with ‘learning games’. Our daughter went into the test prepared and performed beautifully, but our relationship with Allison didn’t end there. Allison continued to work with all of my children, sharing her love of learning and literacy. She is a beautiful person inside and out and we miss her dearly since she relocated.
When I first reached out to Allison, we had already tried behavioral therapy and play therapy for our 5 year old. I read about her online and thought that it wouldn't hurt to call and see what types of coaching she offered. Our home life has become so much more peaceful now that we have a child who is learning to listen and follow through on his promises. She is a pro at helping parents of children with ADHD. My parent toolbox is much more complete having been coached by Allison.
Since our son started working with Allison, his confidence has skyrocketed ! She has a special way of building relationships not only with our son, but with our entire family. Our son's reading has improved significantly and he truly looks forward to his time with Allison. She has a unique approach- reading and behavioral management all rolled into one. Her creativity and infectious energy is just what we were looking for ! In addition to working with our son, she has given us priceless tips for helping our child to best succeed. It is obvious that Allison truly loves helping others and I highly recommend bringing her into your lives !
I attended my first CHADD meeting last week. I was a little unsure of what to expect. Allison Danker was the speaker and I found her to be very knowledgeable about the topic and she was able to speak to me on my level. I came in to the group feeling like I was crazy and a complete failure as a parent. Allison was able to give me some tips on how to deal with my son in a more productive way as well as understanding more of what he is dealing with having ADHD. I found her to be a dynamic speaker and very personable and energetic. She made me feel like I wasnt alone or crazy and that by making these small changes, the dynamic between my son and myself can actually improve. She has given me hope that it can actually get better and for that I am so grateful. I am looking forward to my next group with Allison and learning more ways of coping and supporting my son in a more positive way.