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Diener Family Testimonials

We love sharing our testimonials from former and current Diener students and their families.
It's a testimate as to why we do what we do. 

The faculty and staff are knowledgeable, skilled, and compassionate.

"After three years of struggling to keep our son in a school that didn’t know how to meet his needs, it was a blessing to find Diener. By second grade, our child’s ADHD and impulsivity had him negatively labeled. At Diener, there is no judgment—only acceptance and assistance. He is celebrated for all he is right now and all the potential he has. The faculty and staff are knowledgeable, skilled, and compassionate. They teach and nurture with good humor and grace. We feel very fortunate to be at Diener."

Diener Parent

Thank you all for everything you do!

"We can never thank you all for everything you do. I am certain other families communicate what I do, but truly we could never get through this as well as we are without Diener."

Diener Parent

You all make a difference!

"You all are truly so incredible at what you do. You will never know what you do for all of us. It is a gift and you all make a difference in so many lives."

Diener Parent

What a *Very Special Place* Diener is!

"I just wanted to send a quick reply to express how much the school has meant to her and her development; this on the heels of visiting her new school last night to meet parents/teachers there. We are all so proud of our daughter for all the hard work she’s put in at Diener to advance to the point where she is, but at the same time I have to acknowledge what a *very special place* Diener is: the “vibe” at Diener is *quite unlike* any other school I’ve seen, in terms of real, loving, commitment to those kids. We will never forget what tremendous work you’ve done for our “little” girl.."

Diener Dad

Professional Testimonials

Testimonials from well-respected members of the professional community.

The Diener School "gets it" about these three basic facts and provides every student with the ideal environment for developing academic, social, and life skills.

1) Kids gotta move.

2) Movement IS learning.

3) Children learn optimally when their bodies, minds, and spirits are engaged and "in sync."

Carol Kranowitz, M.A.

Author of “The Out –of-Sync Child”

Expertly provides evidence-based practices in an atmosphere of warmth and joy.

"As both a psychologist and a special educator, my reaction to touring the Deiner School was "Here is a place where they are really doing it right!" There are plenty of programs where a child can receive special education assistance, but few where a child is truly accepted for who he is and who he can become. Diener is one of those rare schools that expertly provides evidence-based practices in an atmosphere of warmth and joy."

Dr. Rebecca Resnik

Director of Mindwell Psychology's Bethesda Office

The children begin to build self-esteem and begin to look forward to school each day.

"Diener School uses a variety of teaching methods to ensure all of their children make progress academically and socially. All of the children at the school receive a lot of individual attention and understanding. The teachers are flexible and creative and go the extra mile to make sure the children master a concept before moving to the next concept. Many of the children dreaded going to school before Diener; once they start at Diener, they begin to build self-esteem and begin to look forward to school each day."

Pam Tedeschi

Educational Consultant

Their integrative approach to education is cutting edge.

"The Deiner School fits a much-needed gap in the array of special needs schools in the metro DC area. Their integrative approach to education is cutting edge and an immense help to many of my patients who attend or have attended Deiner"

Lance Clawson, M.D.

Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Graduation Speech

Noah, Diener Graduate, June 2012
Currently Studying Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park 

Writing this speech made me want to thank many people.

I thank the people in the office for making this school possible and all the other wonderful staff that have helped me through difficult situations. I also thank the kids that are at this school. They are always socializing with me and making me happier. Whether they are just chatting in the hallway or packing-up, they are always happy, cheerful, and lightening up my day.

Through my two years at the Diener School, I’ve learned a great deal, not only academically, but also socially. Most schools say they will try their best to make sure that we have the things we need to go on. Not only did the Diener School keep that promise, but they also went above and beyond to make sure that I was armed with the knowledge I need to go into the world.

I will miss this school in many ways; whether it’s Gabi cracking jokes or the Uppers 2 boys inviting me to play with them. They treat me like I’m a part of their family, and in many ways, we are a family. We share stories, tell jokes and be there for each other just like a family would be.

When I first came to the Diener School, I was shy and quiet, but the Diener School has changed me into the modest young man that I am today.

Last, but definitely not least, I’d like to thank my teachers, Ms. Abbe, and Ms. Jessica, who have been there for me so many times.

In the future, I will often think of myself as a little light brown owl, eager to flutter to its warm family nest, The Diener School.


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