Comments from parents:
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"I want to share with you how impressed I am with how Pam is facing her first English session of the MCAS. She spent the evening reviewing the notes you gave her on Tuesday and looking up old MCAS questions on the internet (all without any prodding on my part!). She then decided to go to bed earlier to get a good night of sleep, but did not seem nervous nor concerned. She was thrilled to learn from her school councilor that she could use the EmPOWER Brain Frames chart during her test as part of her 504 plan. In the morning she was focused but at the same time relaxed, cheerful, and confident. She reported that the test was challenging, that she took her entire time (almost four hours) to finish it, but that the Brain Frames were very useful. I simply cannot imagine Pam writing for four hours! Only nine months ago she would have breakdowns while having to write one sentence for homework. I can only attribute this change to the wonderful work you have been doing with her and we want to thank you for it. The result of the test do not matter at this point: it is already a resounding success. You should be proud of your work and fulfilled by knowing of the positive lifelong impact you are having in the lives of people like Pam. Thank you!"
"I want to let you know how happy we are to be receiving care at Architects For Learning. Olivia is incredible. She is always so positive and happy to see my children each week. My son adores Anya. After meeting him two times, she thoroughly identified his problem areas -- something that has taken others a long time to see because he can mask his difficulties so well! Each activity is so carefully picked to target the treatement goals and executed in such a child friendly way. As a mother, it makes me feel so much hopeful about my son's future. Thank you again for creating such a wonderful center. We are eternally grateful."
Comments from students:8th grade student: "When I took the MCAS on Monday and Tuesday, it was the first time I really felt competent, confident, and able to do it. For the first time ever, I thought the writing was the easy part. It's all because of you guys. Hugs for everyone!" (Then he gave us all hugs. It was awesome!)
High school student: "Thank God for Bonnie making EmPOWER! What would I do without it?"
Note from an 8th grader: "I took the SAT a few weeks ago and got my scores back. You're going to love them! Writing 650, Reading 630, Math 800, Essay 9/12. And this test is for 12 graders! This is because of AFL."