Testimonials

“I am in a unique position as I am not only an educator of students with disabilities, I am also the mother of a child with a learning disability. My daughter, Brigid, is a Junior in High School. She struggled for years. She is a hard worker, a sweet girl, who wants to succeed, but she just couldn’t seem to put it all together. We had many tearful evenings and frustrating conversations as she would do what she could all day, come home, begin her homework, and melt down…not sure if this is your experience, but believe me when I tell you it is terribly heartbreaking and disheartening, not to mention downright annoying! I had worked with Natalie, a school psychologist, when I taught in the district, and last fall we became aware that she had started Life Success for Teens.Brigid went in for an introductory appointment and we signed up for a few sessions. We began to see progress almost immediately and Brigid has been working with Natalie since then. This has changed her (and our family’s) life! Brigid previously was barely making a C average. She tried to be organized but couldn’t quite make it work. Her study skills were shaky at best and there were many days that she needed to stay home for her “mental health.” With Natalie, she set up a schedule – when to snack, relax, and what subjects or assignments to focus on first. Every week they review her grades and decide if there is something different she should be doing to get better. They talk about what is working and what needs to be improved. Natalie helped Brigid decide which classes would be best for her and one of the things they are working on now is where to go for college and what exactly Brigid will want to major in. Working with Natalie has been a game changer for our family!

Brigid now has a high B average and is on top of her schoolwork. Always an independent young lady, she is becoming more confident and optimistic. She rarely misses school. Recently, I had a day off and her school was in session. I asked if she would like to stay home with me and she was appalled! She said she’d rather go in and not have to make up the extra assignments! She did, however, want me to pick her up so she didn’t have to ride the bus….

I wholeheartedly recommend Natalie and her team of amazing coaches.”

-Alice, Mother of Brigid, High School Junior

 

“Before hearing about academic life coaching, I had no idea such a thing existed. Once I learned about the benefits of coaching, I realized it was just what my daughter Maya needed! She wanted to be a good student, but she needed support with executive function skills like organization, keeping up with assignments, and time management. I knew she would benefit from small group or individual coaching that was NOT coming from her parents.

Working with an academic life coach has been wonderfully beneficial for Maya and has increased her confidence. I love that she feels like she has another grown-up in her corner, and that now she can take the initiative to do things like email her teachers on her own. The skills that Maya has learned will be applicable throughout her entire life. Thank you for all that you have done for Maya!”


-Brian & Jen, Parents of Maya

 

“I searched for an academic life coach for my child when she was about to begin her senior year of high school. She had suffered from a great deal of stress over the past few years, trying to manage a challenging academic schedule and “find her way” socially. She was in traditional “talk” therapy, which she found helpful, but given that she was beginning another busy year of AP courses and facing the college application process, I was interested in finding someone to  provide her with the practical skills she needed to reach her academic and life goals. I also was hopeful that coaching could complement the work she was doing with her counselors and therapists.

Having a coach has been beneficial because she has a person she trusts to provide her with advice and guidance, rather than having it come from her parents (and the natural sort of adolescent resistance that entails).

Working with an academic life coach has been a very positive experience and we have observed tangible results in our child’s ability to be better organized and create systems that work for her.  The weekly reports were especially helpful, as was the ability to provide insight from the parental perspective without intruding upon the primary relationship between the student and coach.”

 
-Carla, Mother of High School Senior

 

Additional Parent Testimonials of Life Success for Teens

  • Conor came home last night having had such a fun time talking and working with you!  I have seen an improvement in his effort and that is so exciting as I worry what will happen when he gets to college if he doesn’t have solid habits to help him. I have noticed a change  since you have been working with him. His attitude has gotten better as well as his effort!  It is wonderful to see. I’m so grateful that you are helping him to realize some of these traits within himself that his dad and I have always attempted to drive home, but kids tend to tune their parents out! Cannot thank you enough”– Parent of a high school senior
  • “I am so excited about this program! Every high school student could benefit from it”.- Parent of a high school junior
  • “These insights into my children are amazing”- Parent of a high school junior and senior
  • “Some good news. Mikhail got 95% on his physics test. You have helped him set high goals and believe in himself.  His smile couldn’t be wider! He wanted you to know- shows how important you have been in his life!”- Parent of a high school senior.
  • “This exercise  is amazing. It’s so important for teens to be able to envision their future and what will make them happy – also to appreciate their own accomplishments.”- Parent of a high school junior
  • “Thank you for all the feedback you provide from these sessions. I am delighted with the personal growth that I imagine the kids are experiencing through these sessions with you.”- Parent of a high school junior
  • “So glad that Maddie has you to help her through her senior year, I really believe it is helping her. The things that you guys talk about and work on are just awesome topics and great life skills!!! “- Parent of a high school senior
  • “Great stuff Natalie, in particular the discussion on putting yourself in someone else’s shoes to understand another’s point of view is an important practice for Charlie. Thank you very much for all you do!!!”- Parent of a high school sophomore.

Wondering if I can help your teenager? Please contact me at Natalie@lifesuccessforteens.com or by clicking here.

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