"During the tumultuous period of my divorce, Michelle emerged as a beacon of guidance and support for my children. Her insightful strategies and compassionate approach helped my kids navigate through the emotional rollercoaster. By teaching effective communication and offering tailored coping mechanisms, Michelle was able to empower my children to express their feelings openly and find resilience amidst the changes. Her expertise in maintaining stability and fostering a nurturing environment was invaluable. Thanks to her unwavering support, my children emerged stronger and more equipped to handle the transition, and I am forever grateful for her guidance during such a sensitive phase. "
"Just wanted to reach out-I left our meeting today feeling very motivated and ready. The last few weeks have been tough for me personally, which left me feeling tired and pretty unmotivated.
Today turned a new leaf!
We printed out all the cards, did the red and green papers and the kids came up with 90% of them and we threw in a few as well. Gabrielle completed her list of 3 daily tasks, and received her first prize which she chose.
Parenting is hard so everyone on the planet needs you! Thank you so much and I’m very optimistic about what this week will bring!"
"We started working with Michelle when our daughter was 1, and we were feeling overwhelmed about the various (often conflicting) advice online regarding parenting styles. Michelle educated us on the different stages of childhood development and helped us to align our expectations with what was realistic behavior based on her age.
She also helped us navigate difficult scenarios when they arose and has been instrumental in helping us work through the big emotions that accompany toddlerhood. She offers both reassurance as well as practical, specific advice tailored to the particular scenario (e.g., language to use, behaviors to try). Beyond that, she is incredibly warm, funny, and a delight to work with".
"I was feeling defeated with my children and weighed down in the day to day. I was desperate for help and I am so glad I was able to find Michelle. Although I’m not local, Michelle and I had several sessions via zoom and she was able to help me strategize ways to make my days easier and build stronger relationships with my children. Whether or not she meant to, she helped me realize that a lot of my issue was my not fully connecting with my kids.
I feel more at ease realizing that not everything has to be perfect, I am taking the time to listen to my sons thoughts and feelings and I can see a positive change in our relationship. Michelle is full of knowledge and has a tool for just about everything. She has helped our family become more peaceful, loving and overall happier. Cannot thank her enough! Only wish she lived closer so she could come ‘Super Nanny’ on the regular!"
"We have been working with Michelle as our Family Trainer and as a Special Education Itinerant Teacher for my 4 year old son. I have seen such amazing progress in him since working with her for just a short period of time. Michelle always finds ways to engage my son by using books, videos, songs and games which we then use with him at home. She also finds what his interests are and incorporates them into his sessions. One of his favorite things to do with her is “Show and Tell” at the beginning of each session.
Prior to working with Michelle, my son would have a very difficult time with eye contact, playing with his peers, transitioning and dealing with his emotions . Michelle introduced different social stories to go over with him each day. We also use a picture chart for transitions and use the “First and Then” concept. This has helped us tremendously and has minimized his frustration and anxiety with change. He walks over to his chart every morning and looks forward to seeing what his day will look like. His eye contact and greetings have greatly improved. He also now loves having play dates and has been doing so well interacting with his peers.
I believe my son has been able to make progress and thrive during this time of distance learning and tele-therapy because of Michelle. He is a completely different child since we started working with her. Michelle has helped our family in so many ways and we are forever grateful!"
"Michelle Dellaquila worked with our family when our son was in Pre K. Michelle entered our lives at a time when it felt as if our son was unwanted and unloved in his current setting. We would receive negative feedback on a daily basis and we were no longer comfortable communicating with the teachers in his class.
From the beginning of our relationship Michelle went above and beyond the call of a Seis to make our family feel comfortable. She offered to meet in person to discuss our wants and needs for our son and as a family.
Once Michelle became a provider for our son she set up bi-weekly communication to tell us what happened each day. She worked with us to establish routines, rules and expectations to allow him to feel safe and wanted. Michelle also provided training for the staff at our son’s school to allow them to set up realistic goals and behavior expectations.
Michelle always listened with an open mind and heart to what was happening with our son at home. She provided extremely useful strategies to help build his self-esteem and confidence. She encouraged us to share his specific strengths with him and also had him give himself a hug when he needed sensory input. Michelle encouraged us to explore all aspects of his world including health, nutrition, diet and exercise. She also made an effort to contact our son’s other providers to make sure they were all working to help him reach his full potential.
We are so grateful for the progress he was able to make and for how much Michelle’s support and guidance made a difference in our lives".
-Dara and Danny
"Recently we hired Michelle to work with our younger daughter to understand and learn how to manage her behavior , set boundaries, feel in control of a situation that occurs. Michelle taught us about her tackle box. I could never live without this now! Individually designed for our daughter to help us tackle the tough times like not listening, power struggles.
We often would video our daughter and send it to her during these difficult times. This was done so Michelle could see what was really going on and how we could learn different approaches to bring more harmony into our home. This was a tremendous help since my daughter behaved when Michelle came to visit. Thank you Michelle for your expert advice and kindness. We couldn’t have done it without you!"