"Karen's 8/10-week social skills group benefited both our 9 year old son and our family more than any other group therapy we've done over the years. We came away with tools to help tackle the day to day challenges and felt connected to other families in the same boat thanks to the parent portion of the program. Our son is bright and expressive and to the untrained eye has no visible 'issues' other than boundless energy and being rather dominant. He responded beautifully to the challenges presented to him. He was so obviously happy in a safe social setting where quirks were accepted, celebrated and discussed. He really enjoyed digging deeper into social thinking. It was like he craved exactly what was offered and we were thrilled to see the confidence build in him. Karen is masterful in her compassion for children with ADHD or similar issues, and presents their side of the picture in ways I was able to learn and grow from. Thanks to Karen's steering and insights, my understanding of our son's experience of the world has deepened and my relationship with him is now stronger. This journey seems to be as much about the parent as the child - which Karen appreciates fundamentally." -Heather
"Prior to working with her, my son was showing interest in playing with his peers but did not know how to appropriately engage them. With her help, he is learning how to approach children and invite them to play. We believe that Karen's work with our son is critical to his social development and that hiring her was one of the best decisions we have made since his diagnosis. He adores her and is a happier kid, in part, because of her."
"Karen's in-school coaching has been extremely helpful for my twin four-year-old boys. One of them was really struggling with his behavior in school--acting out, not controlling his emotions well, becoming easily frustrated. He was also struggling with his behavior at home, but school was very much a challenge. Karen has been working with him in the classroom for five (amazing!) months now. She goes to class twice per week and works with my son for an hour on learning to regulate his emotions and to "be a good friend" to his peers at school. The results have been amazing. He has a vocabulary to help him deal with his emotions, and he behaves better at home. He also reaches out more to other kids at play dates, school and on the playground.
Karen is a skilled communicator with all parties involved-- the child, the teachers at pre-school and with us, the nervous parents. I savor the information she gives me on my son's day. My husband and I try to use her key takeaway messages at home in our interactions with our son, and I can say with 100% confidence that they've made us better parents. I'm so happy that Karen's been a part of our son's life, and we've even begun to use her fabulous services for our other son, who is better-behaved, but also on the shy side. She's the best! Please feel free to contact me for a reference."
"Karen worked with our son at his school and at home and she was wonderful; responsible, respectful and full of insights into the social situations of school in general. She was also great at helping our son puzzle out problems as they came up and was great with teachers, staff and other parents, and all the kids."
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