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How to find your courage and change your life
19 Aug


Have you ever wondered, “How am I EVER going to get through this?” Growing up I always ...

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05 Aug


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  • Anonymous
    • Coaching Parents

    We starting working with Brightening Connections immediately after our son was diagnosed.  Samantha taught us approaches we could employ to help him immediately, and was an invaluable resource as we starting assembling other services.  We continue to use the
    things we learned with her everyday.  We highly recommend working with Samantha; she can help make home life therapeutic
    and fun, and can offer expertise about the ins and outs of conventional and alternative OT and speech approaches for children.

  • M.C.

    We learned to make the simple shift of dropping our negative/punitive approach.  As a result (I think there is a relation!) my daughter seems to have much more confidence, self-esteem and positive attitude in the last few months.  While she definitely still has “her moments” of defiance and sulkiness, they are much diminished and I think I am better able to defuse them quickly, so they don’t take over our lives so much,
    for which I am very grateful. 

  • Kim B.
    • Coaching Mommy

    The “5 Polka Dots” approach helped me moved from feeling powerless to empowered. I now know how to handle the situations that arise with my daughter and be proactive rather than reactive. Our whole family is grateful.

  • Audrey W.
    • Mother (Asperger's)

    Brightening Connections’ knowledge of persons with “high-functioning autism” and their communication, social and sensory issues, is impressive.  I feel I have finally met, after over 30 years on this journey with my son, someone who really knows and understands the struggles autism presents…and more importantly, how to help.

  • Shannon A.
    • Mommy (Autism)

    The 5 Polka Dots approach is so simple that it’s transformative. While it’s helped immensely in my parenting strategies, resulting in more connection and joy in our home, it’s also given me some space to focus on myself. Instead of managing behavior all the time, I find myself creating new opportunities for me and my family.

  • Heather L.
    • Coaching Mommy

    We learned sensory calming techniques in the comfort of our home to use with our 5-year old birth son and our 7-year old adopted son. The boys love being wrapped tightly in a blanket and then slowly rolling out due to a shift in the “fight or flight” nervous system. We do this proactively before getting in the car for an extended drive and the boys do great now!

  • Caitlin M.
    • Sister (Asperger's)

    I had not seen my brother with Asperger’s for about a year, and I was happily surprised to see the changes in him after Transition Coaching. His outlook on life is more positive and our relationship has improved greatly. He is now more aware of the impact of things he says, he listens during conversations and responds appropriately. Brightening Connections gave him tools that he uses every day to improve his life!

  • Elizabeth P.
    • Workshop Mommy

    Brightening Connections workshops are great at balancing theory with applications to everyday, personalized situations. Incredibly helpful and open…a fantastic experience.

  • Sarah S.
    • Workshop Auntie

    Brightening Connections has a phenomenal understanding of how children are affected by their environment. I think in a totally new way because of the skills they’ve taught me. I’ve learned how to create play that has the appropriate stimulation for each and every child. As a result I connect with them more effectively, which helps get them engaged so they learn more easily. The “5 Polka Dots” is a gift!

  • Sharon S.
    • Mother (Asperger's)

    I am amazed at the progress my adult son, recently diagnosed with Asperger’s, is making! He is more self aware and much more relaxed because now he has tools that help him in his social interactions. Before he ‘said the wrong thing’ and didn’t know why. Now he warns us before changing the subject and takes correction from being a ‘know it all’ or dominator. Most importantly, he has self confidence, knowledge that the future will be brighter than the past.