GeerLINKS’ parents are our heroes. Their commitment to their children is exceptional. We hear their struggle to find support to help their children succeed. We see their dedication, their passion and love to support their children through all their ups and downs of life’s journey.
It is our privilege to be an ally with parents and their children on this learning journey. They may sing our praises, but the truth is, the kids do the hard work! And, their parents are the strong advocates behind the scenes cheering them on, with gusto.
“Important achievements require a clear focus, all-out effort, and a bottomless trunk full of strategies, plus allies in learning.” — Carol Dweck, Ph.D.
GEERLINKS PARENTS SPEAK
After many concerns and worries in my mind for my son, Diane put all of that to rest. I now know that I am NOT alone, NOT crazy, and NOT doing the wrong thing for my child. I now feel empowered to continue educating him, knowing that he works a little different and that’s ok. We still have choices to make in guiding him through his education for sure; however, it is so much easier knowing the direction we are headed now. Thank you, Diane, from the bottom of my heart! You are such a blessing to the kids and parents you work with. Keep up the great work! Oh, and I want to be like you when I grow up!
Diane has been such a blessing to our family. Her knowledge and kind, compassionate mannerism makes her an invaluable resource for our children and homeschool family. Diane has an extremely strong knowledge base, but she first brings her ability to hear your concerns, sharing her life experiences, and gaining understanding of your family dynamic. When raising a child with unique needs this is something, as a mother, I treasure and value beyond words.
Are you pulling your hair out in frustration? STOP, put down that tissue box and call Diane! She was able to make sense of and translate in layman’s terms what our daughter’s assessment meant. She has helped me decipher the best approach in homeschooling our special needs child. What a great help in bringing all the puzzle pieces together. A godsend.
We’ve been doing therapy for 2 years. All therapists at GeerLINKS are compassionate, knowledgeable, and supportive. What our family loves about this program is that it’s individual and fun! Not only our now 12-year-old daughter loves going, but we noticed great improvement in academic and sensory areas in which she struggles. Fantastic program!!!
Enrolling in GeerLINKS has been a life changer for our family! Prior to this our son was struggling with his school work, finding it difficult to focus and oftentimes blowing up emotionally or running off when he found things too frustrating or challenging. His diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD, left us feeling pretty defeated and helpless. While the first year was challenging for him, for his therapist, and for us as parents, I’m so glad we persisted because we saw incredible gains in the 2nd and 3rd year. He has grown into a fine young man, able to handle conflict in a calm manner, attend to his studies independently, problem solve effectively, and interact positively with others. We are so grateful to God for the opportunities that have opened up for our son because of Jon’s work with him at GeerLINKS.
My boys are both on the autism spectrum and have unique capabilities. We also homeschool. We appreciate the help that we’ve found at GeerLINKS over the past year. With the therapist’s fun, yet direct approach, they do not dig their heels in as they have with other interventions we have tried. We already have seen their focus on school tasks improve, as well as their spelling. The love the reward of a game at the end of a teletherapy session. They can see how they are developing strategies that support them in their schoolwork and in their lives. We know this is a huge step in empowering them for the future.
THE STUDENTS SPEAK
I have been collaborating with Diane and GeerLINKS for many years! One of the reasons I appreciate Diane’s work is her enthusiasm for what she does–supporting learning. I can’t think of a time where I haven’t bumped into Diane presenting talks or advertising services at large conferences on education in Ontario. Diane also has fantastic stick-to-it-iveness and focuses on her work with children in a deep and intensive way. However, she manages to balance her tenacity with new initiatives, such as assessment, research, and remote services. I look forward to continuing to work with Diane!
I have had the privilege of training and working with Diane since 2009. Diane is passionate and enthusiastic about helping children achieve their potential. Her passion for supporting parents, students and her staff is outstanding. She is an excellent communicator, is innovative and relies on programs with proven records of success. In fact, she will leave no stone unturned in finding solutions for her students.
I am so lucky to have met Diane Geerlinks! As a behavioural Optometrist, I am intrigued and very impressed with the intervention programs that Diane offers. It is very evident that Diane truly cares about each one of her clients and is always actively seeking how ways – like Vision Therapy – to further enhance their learning success. I cannot recommend Diane enough for children who are struggling with learning!
We are delighted to have contracted Diane as our Exceptional Needs Specialist. Diane’s warm and empathetic nature, as well as her expertise in working with children and families of diverse learning abilities and backgrounds, has been an invaluable asset to our organization and our member families.