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Testimonials and Recommendations for Our Executive Function Coaching

 

What Clinicians Say About Beyond BookSmart

"As the Director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at Massachusetts General Hospital, my staff and I rely on allied professionals to carry out our recommendations.  I have found the professionals at Beyond BookSmart to be among the very best at implementing the type of executive function coaching that many of our children need.  Their services are incredibly individualized to each student, their staff is extremely well-trained, and their treatment incorporates the very best of current research on children with learning and executive function challenges.  My staff and I recommend Beyond Book Smart frequently, and the feedback we have received from the families we have referred has been nothing but positive."                                                   Ellen Braaten, Ph.D., Director, LEAP at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

“As a neuropsychologist, one of the most common challenges for students that I evaluate is executive functioning.  Executive functioning deficits can be seen in children with AD/HD, learning disabilities, language delays, as well as in isolation.  Some students have clear deficits in executive functioning skills on office tests, which translate into difficulties in their everyday lives.  Others seem to have well developed executive functioning skills on office tests, but they cannot implement those skills in the complexity of their everyday lives.  Having a thorough understanding of their fundamental skills as well as how those skills translate into daily functioning is essential to intervention planning.  In either case, I recommend executive function coaching by Beyond BookSmart to help students overcome the executive functioning challenges that limit their planning, organization, task initiation, and self-monitoring so that they can demonstrate their true potential, function more independently, and experience less stress in their lives.”                                   Dominick Auciello, Psy.D., Envisage Neuropsychology, NY, NY

"As a clinical psychologist specializing in working with individuals with executive functioning challenges and learning differences, I am always looking for organizations that can support my client's intervention needs. I have been very pleased with the services provided provided by Beyond BookSmart and have been continually impressed not only with their individualized model of coaching and support based in latest research on executive functioning challenges, but also with their unique and refreshing professionalism. I recommend Beyond BookSmart as an organization comprised of reputable and trustworthy professionals for any family seeking support and coaching for their children and teens."                                                                                                                   Michele Frank, Psy.D., Chicago, IL

“As a pediatric neuropsychologist and the director of NESCA, an evaluation center in Newton, I have found that the Executive Function coaches at Beyond BookSmart have exceeded my expectations in all regards with our clients. Our staff of 10 clinicians evaluates students with learning challenges. Many of the children and adolescents that we evaluate are quite bright and capable but are beset academically by a complex mix of weaknesses in executive function skills, study skills, and associated anxiety and lack of self-confidence. There is no formula or pre-set curriculum for working with these students. Effecting change requires the ability to listen carefully to the students and their parents, think creatively about how to approach the issues, and draw on a wide arsenal of tools to meet the individual learning needs of each student. Actively addressing issues such as self-esteem, anxiety, and the student's need for independence is every bit as important as the teaching of specific strategies. Very few tutors are capable of providing this type of coaching and support. At NESCA, we consider Beyond BookSmart to be an extremely valuable resource that we share with clients."   
Ann Helmus, Ph.D., Founder and Director, NESCA, Newton, MA

What Parents Say About Beyond BookSmart

"I can tell you without a moment's hesitation that our daughter's and our relationship with Beyond BookSmart is one of the best things that we have ever done with regard to helping her grow as a person and a student. We are thrilled with all aspects of her Executive Function coaching so far, and look forward to continued interaction and growth in the coming year. Thank you so much!"
Mother of high school sophomore, Arlington, MA

"When I heard about Beyond BookSmart, I not only jumped at the opportunity to take advantage of it, but knew I had to spread the word based on the discussions I’ve had with many other moms about our children. They match your child with an Executive Function coach, who helps the student develop important skills that I just don’t think our schools have done a great job teaching.  Those skills include test preparationtime managementorganizational skills and more--basically, everything our kids need outside of the substantive subject matter taught at school in order to thrive academically."
L. Cohen, mother of middle school student, Chicago IL 

"Our daughter loved her Skype sessions. Over time, Rachel helped our daughter become more aware of her good and bad work habits, and overcome some of her more difficult challenges. She developed a homework schedule and daily routine and after a short while, getting school work done (or getting anything done) just happened more easily. Our daughter's grades went up and I got great feedback from her teachers."
Mother of a 4th grader in Germany (from NY, NY)

Executive Function Coaching has been a lifesaver for our teen son. Once he began getting Executive Function coaching from Beyond BookSmart, we saw a tremendous gain in his ability to manage the work expected for his grade level. Knowing that he had a trusted resource to turn to (his coach), made him a more cheerful person and gave him a sense of empowerment. Coaching is not just for ‘failing students.’  It is for students who want to learn to be the best they can be with a set of tools that will carry them through life in both the work world and the social world. Students who struggle with Executive Function Disorder really do need a coach who understands this learning style difference and can help in a positive and motivating manner [such that] the student begins to believe in the infinite possibilities that are within them.”
Parent of 9th grade student, MA

What Students Say About Beyond BookSmart

"Michael, thank you for teaching me many new tools for helping me in school this year! I have enjoyed taking in your knowledge and using it as my own now. You are the first person who was ever really able to make me understand things that I needed help on. I have also felt that you have been a very nice person to me because you were always open to listening to what I was struggling with in school. Thank you."
6th grader, Acton, MA

"I have been working with my coach at Beyond BookSmart since the summer before college. As a college student, organization and forming a routine that works for me has been integral to my success at school. Skype coaching was an incredible way to work on my study and writing skills without spending the extra time of going to and from an office or meeting place.  Since starting my Skype coaching, I have become more confident and time efficient with my work, which can be seen in my grades and new sense of satisfaction I get when I get my work done in advance rather than cramming the entire night before a big test or due date of a paper. I highly recommend Skype coaching with Beyond Book Smart and am grateful for all that I have gained from my coaching sessions."
Sarah, college junior

"Rachel has been my Executive Function coach since December of 2013. Since then, we have been meeting once a week during the school year. She has good ideas and is able to listen to me with empathy and understanding. We have worked on physical organizationtime managementsetting prioritiesstress, and study habits. Every week we organize my bag, go through helpful strategies, planning out the week, and reviewing what I need to work on. I have definitely improved in all of the above and I really enjoy working with her."
11th grader, MA

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