It is now a year since our collaboration started and I would just like to say a big big THANK YOU. You have taught me what living life really means I now love my life and I enjoy every little aspect of it so much. I am so happy with the “new me”-positive and always improving. Thank you so much. – Christina
Hi Anne Marie
Just to thank you so so much for your kindness, encouragement and wounderful help for Clodagh. She is back to college this week and very happy to be in this positioin, this is in no small due to your help. We cant put into words how grateful we are for all you have done for her.
Kindest regards, Seamus and Cathriona
“The Learning for Life Program ought to be accessible to all educators and all students!”
“I did the Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner Training Course with Anne Marie Ferris. This included NLP, Time Line Therapy and the Learning for Life© Program. As an essential instructor I did the course for two reasons: to enhance myself as an individual and to bring ‘something new’ to all my students; I accomplished both. The course was precisely what I required after the wear and tear of 29 years of instructing. This project has unquestionably changed my method for instructing to improve things.”
-Nuala, Parent and Teacher, Co. Waterford
“I am astonished at how much I’ve learned in such a short span of time.”
“I have grown in self-awareness (as opposed to denial) and in self confidence. The skills & techniques I have learned are readily applicable to my students difficulties in my role as learning support teacher.
I want to thank Anne Marie so much for this opportunity. Over the last 4 months I feel I have been given treasures of the earth, with which to “play” for the rest of my life. Even if I never used what I’ve learned in work, but only “for myself”, the cause was worth every cent! Thank you.”
We were soon having him assessed and also enrolled him in the local dyslexia programme, we could see improvements but not as much as we had hoped. Having spoken with a number of professionals, a colleague of mine spoke to me about Anne Marie and recommended that I take our son to her.
Initially we were very sceptical so I set up an appointment, Thomas immediately bonded with Anne Marie and she could see the areas which needed to be worked on. That day a switch went on in our sons head and the improvements in not just his reading, but in his social skills, his peripheral vision and his overall confidence have been dramatic. We take Thomas back for assessments twice yearly and the teachers see major improvements in his school work, at this point in time Thomas is taking part in read-a thon is school something this time last year we would not have dreamed of. We will always be so grateful to Anne Marie”
“When Brendan was in Senior Infants I probably should have realised then that he has dyslexia. By the end of fourth class despite extra work being done at home throughout the year Brendan’s results showed definite worsening. We decided to have Brendan assessed over the summer months. The results were conclusive. Brendan had “significant learning difficulties of a dyslexic nature.” Having the assessment done and realising that there was a name for why his “words got mixed up” was of great relief to Brendan. Also of relief to him was that not only were there children in his own school that had dyslexia but some of cousins as well. However, there still persisted the day to day problems where from Brendan’s head to his hand something happened to mix up his letters. “Blame it on the hand” was a favourite saying of Brendan’s. It was really agonising working with Brendan learning spellings and reading with or to him. It was agonising, as a mother, to see the effort Brendan had to put into learning spellings that he wouldn’t recall by Friday test time.
We brought Brendan to see Anne Marie Ferris. Anne Marie made out a programme for Brendan which consisted of re-training his brain so that he could learn a spelling…for life. The programme took a maximum of 5 minutes a day for 21 Consecutive days. It required commitment but it was fun and from day one when Brendan saw real benefits in the form of remembered spellings he applied himself with conviction.
I don’t actually recall the last time Brendan has required help learning his spellings and he maintains a steady 18-19 out of 20 each week in English and Irish. The changes in Brendan are monumental. He has grown with confidence. Brendan has an ease about him that wasn’t there before. He will never love school but he has developed strategies for coping, strategies that leave him smiling on the way to and from school. Of late, Anne Marie has been working with Brendan in relation to his speech. On occasion Brendan’s “words get stuck”. We have had our initial visit and I can honestly say that Brendan is much freer in his speech.
Anne Marie…Thanks “
Marie, Parent and teacher, Wexford
“I am the father of a dyslexic child. From a very early age I knew Paul had a problem with learning. Homework that should have taken half an hour almost always turned into 3 hours of frustration and tears for both of us. His teachers knew there was a problem with Paul but with limited resources and little training there was very little they could do. I couldn’t get Paul seen by the department of education psychologist because the school was only allowed to have two children per year given this service, and since Paul was a well behaved child he was not given priority.
In fairness to the teachers they did give him some remedial teaching twice a week. This was greatly appreciated but offered very little improvement in his learning ability. Paul then started attending weekly dyslexic classes but there was no significant improvement.
I was extremely fortunate to hear of Anne Marie Ferris towards the end of 2010, she told me she could help Paul and I would see an improvement in a very short space of time. The initial consultation took about 90 mins and at the end of it she gave me some exercises to do with Paul every day for 21 days. The difference in Paul was almost immediate and by the time the 21 days was up he had transformed completely.
Today Paul is a typical 13 year old. He is confident, aware of what goes on around him, and his self-esteem is far better than it was. He is now in secondary school and his test scores have gone from 20 – 25 up to 60 – 80. Homework now usually takes 30 mins and he does it alone. Where once he would ask me how to spell a word and I would have to spell it slowly and a couple of times for him, he now spells the word and asks me if it’s right. Paul has been completely transformed from what he was and I’ve no doubt it was down to Anne Marie Ferris and the wonderful gift she has. Thank you Anne Marie from both Paul and I, we will be forever grateful. “
“I did the Practitioner Training with Anne Marie in NLP, Time Line Therapy and Learning4Life in 2008 and my Master Practitioner Training in NLP, Time Line Therapy, Hypnosis and training in TFT in 2010. I have used the Learning 4life programme with a number of children.
I saw huge benefits with one young girl I worked with in 2009 when she was in First Class She was experiencing great difficulties in mainstream and her confidence was very low. Emma worked the programme for 28 days, was really excited about the exercises. When I reviewed her after 28 days there was a remarkable increase in her confidence, and her belief that she could learn. Emma has had an assessment in school and it was recommenced that she attend Special school. Emma is now in Second Class in mainstream school, very confident and working well on a differentiated programme.
Another young boy I worked with in 2010, in second Class was having trouble with spellings. His goal was to get 10/10 in his spelling test. When I reviewed him after 28 days he was delighted to report that he was achieving his goal.
A young girl I worked with in 2010 was having trouble with reading fluency. Her reading has improved considerably and I see a huge difference in her confidence. “
Betty Stafford, Parent and teacher, Co. Wexford
“Nathaniel is 13 years old and has been diagnosed, by an educational psychologist, as presenting specific learning disabilities in the areas of reading, mathematics and spelling. In spite of being in the average range of overall intellectual ability, his reading comprehension age was of 8 years and his numerical operations age was of 9 years and 4 months. His parents reported frequent mood swings and tantrums that may last over 24 hours.He received a one and a half NLP therapy session and was instructed to perform a set of 10 minutes exercises daily during a month. After one month, his progress was reviewed in a second therapy session. At this second session, the parents informed the therapist of remarkable changes such as a greater accuracy in spelling, improved reading, decrease in mood swings and tantrums and increased self-esteem.
Matthew is 12 years old and was adopted just one year ago. His parents were concerned by episodes of violent and destructive behaviour. He received a one and a half NLP therapy session and a follow-up was planned to take place within a month. His parents reported a better adjusted behaviour and increased self-esteem.”
JC, Co. Meath