Empowering children with learning differences through strength-based solutions.

Colleen Arnold, Ed.D.


Dr. Colleen received her Doctorate in Special Education at University of San Francisco. She is also a professor at Dominican University, with wide teaching experience at the university level specializing in special education and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She acts as a supervisor for new and beginning teachers, which keeps her connected to the special education classrooms and school environments across Marin County.

Dr. Colleen has worked as an education specialist in Marin County for over ten years. She has her general education and special education teaching credential, as well as her Master’s Degree from Dominican University.


A child first, individualized special education approach with a focus on school collaboration.

As a parent of a child with special needs, navigating the school system can be an overwhelming and frustrating process. It’s difficult to know if your child is getting everything she or he needs in order to be successful and happy in school.


Special education advocate, Dr. Colleen Arnold of Arnold Advocacy, supports and advises families with children with special needs to more effectively navigate the public or private school system. Using a team-oriented approach, Dr. Arnold ensures that students have access to all of the services and accommodations they specifically need, to be their best selves. She also provides in-home support to families to implement strategies that improve behavior, focus, and organization. She works with families of students ages 3-17.

Dr. Arnold’s goal as a special education advocate is to ensure that all parents of students with special needs are provided with the knowledge and background to be their child’s best advocate. She puts your child first, and spends time with your family to ensure a deep knowledge and understanding of your child across a multitude of environments.


Please contact special education advocate Dr. Arnold and Arnold Advocacy to learn more.

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Sensitive Santa Sighting

Capture the magic of a sensory friendly Santa with your safety on mind!

Sensitive Santa will look different this year, but we will not allow it to dampen our spirits! Sign up for our holiday parade!

December 4, 2020, Saturday,  2–5 PM

special education autism zoom event

Flipping the Script ZOOM Training

Learn how ‘scripting’ (delayed echolalia) is beneficial to autistic individuals.

Feel free to join in! All ages and abilities are welcome. Bring some normalcy back into the lives of our students and connect with other children in a safe format!

Anyone is welcome  |  Tuesday, Nov 9, 2020 at 3–5 pm

Create a Vision Statement for Your Child

Wouldn’t it be great to have a one-page personalized vision statement about your child to accompany IEP meetings or to have ready prior to school and/or teacher transitions? You can! We’ve developed a quick and convenient template to help you and your family keep all the pertinent information about your child’s educational profile, in one place. Fill out the template today and be prepared for your child’s next meeting!

School Closure Resources

Tips for Surviving the Coming Weeks

Feel free to join in! All ages and abilities are welcome. Bring some normalcy back into the lives of our students and connect with other children in a safe format!