“You have helped us to hope again and see positive possibilities for our future as a safe and happy family.”

How Can We Help You?

“Your intervention throughout all the steps have blessed us and secured us.  I fall short of words.  I know that you also had something to do with this.”

Our Process

“Your attention to detail and compassion for student’s and the clientele you work with is evident.”

We Can Help

“Our son reached his goal – to walk with and graduate with his high school class.”

College Consulting

“You have been the behind the scenes guardian.”

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Our Mission

There are many options and easy access to information that selecting the optimal choice of school or program for your child can be a daunting task. Our mission is to identify optimal educational and therapeutic solutions that meet the individual needs to assist students, struggling teens or young adults reach their full potential.

Parents Don’t Know Where to Begin.

In times of crisis, parents are often overwhelmed with a barrage of emotions. The confusion and desperation associated with having a struggling teen, young adult or even young child can be extremely trying. Parents may not be aware of the options available, or may not be able to decide on their own what option best meets their situation and needs of their child. Among the questions, we often hear:

  • How do we know when treatment is necessary?
  • What would be best for our child?
  • Is an intervention needed? What exactly is an intervention?
  • Should we find a residential program?
  • What is a wilderness therapy program? It sounds scary. Is it a real choice?
  • Will insurance pay?

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Our Passion

Formerly Nancy P. Masland & Associates, Optimal Edu Options has helped thousands of families with struggling teens for over 30 years. We are passionate, committed and determined in helping students, adolescents, and young adults realize their full potential to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

We can save you time and resources with our broad knowledge of available schools and programs, therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists.

Collectively, our staff has over 40 years of experience helping families find appropriate services and placements in specialized programs and educational settings.

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Phone: 602.904.1282 or Fax: 877.563.5774
Office Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday-Friday
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Our Blog

A Year in Review – A Snap Shot of Optimal Edu Options in 2015

2015 was a very busy year for Optimal Edu Options. Throughout 2015, Gail visited more than 50 programs —- Wilderness, Residential, Therapeutic Boarding Schools as well as Traditional Boarding Schools. In 2015, 11 states were traveled with several visits to Utah, either touring programs or visiting students. Trips included Rhode Island, Connecticut, Colorado, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Maine, Idaho, Missouri, Baltimore and Massachusetts. Tours of Arizona schools and programs allowed for updated views of these facilities, as well as visiting with students attending the schools. Ken Rosenblatt, an Independent Contractor and Educational Consultant serving students applying for college, joined Optimal Edu Options in January as am Independent Contractor. His passion is to help students navigate the maze of college admissions. He also specializes in working with students with learning differences.  Like some consultants, Ken visits colleges across the country. In addition to speaking to admissions officers, Ken interviews the disability coordinators whom a student will rely on for critical support once they attend college. In August Monique Cleary, joined Gail to attend the Wilderness Symposium in Park City, Utah. Monique is attending the School of Irvine for Educational Consulting and will graduate in June of 2016. She will join Gail and Ken as a Gap Year Consultant. Gail also attended several conferences such as School Connections, and intensive, one-on-one sessions with 20 individual programs, IECA, NATSAP, the Ben Franklin Institute ‘Failure to Launch’ conference in Tempe, Arizona. Optimal Edu Options was a sponsor of the Arizona Psychological Association Conference. She was also responsible for bringing Internet Addiction expert Dr. Hilarie Cash to Arizona, where she spoke to parents and professionals... read more

Nancy Masland Resigns Practice to Gail Curran

Nancy Masland announced effective January 1, 2015, her resignation as Educational Consultant with NPM & A. “Gail Curran, who has been an excellent partner in the practice will continue to make therapeutic placements and offer options for children, adolescents and young adults with learning differences and emotional problems”, said Masland. Independent Contractor, Ken Rosenblatt provides placement consultation in the College Planning Department. Ken plans to attend the Spring IECA Conference and the Summer Institute to become an Associate Member. We wish Nancy the best of luck and happiness. She has been a fantastic mentor and friend. More important, she has been unrelenting to those in need, especially in finding financial aid for families and in donating her time by offering reduced or free consultation services. Nancy will continue as our mentor. Gail Curran, M.S., M.B.A. Educational Consultant 602-904-1282 gail@nancymasland.com nancypmasland.com    ... read more

OPEN House – LifeLong Learning

YOU ARE INVITED! OPEN HOUSE  Thursday, September 25, 2014 6 – 7:30 PM Life Development Institute Announcing A New Arizona Private High School Program For Students With Learning & Social Differences. The Academy of Lifelong Learning provides an advanced and fully-accredited high school diploma program for 11th & 12th grade students on the autism spectrum and with other learning differences. 18001 N. 79th Ave, E-71, Glendale, AZ 85308 (623) 773-2774 EXT. 217 ~ www.DiscoverLDI.com Please join LDI for this complimentary presentation or contact LDI to learn more about how this program can help! Announcing A New Arizona Private High School Program For Students With Learning & Social Differences. The Academy of Lifelong Learning provides an advanced and fully-accredited high school diploma program for 11th & 12th grade students on the autism spectrum and with other learning differences. I am pleased to be the featured speaker for the evening. Join me and learn about “Exploring the Maze of Educational Options.” My focus will be on the important role educational consultants play in finding and matching the best educational options for children, adolescents and young adults, with special needs. I will use case studies to give the audience a good sense of the educational consulting field. ~ Gail Curran Open House Speaker... read more

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