Our work with Mabel Brown, Louise Debreczeny, Alyse Rostamizadeh, Ellyn Arwood and Carole Kaulitz has changed our lives.
Prior to our first encounter with Mabel, we were working hard to figure out how our oldest child understood and interacted with our world. Mabel offered us the key to understanding and respecting our child.
The knowledge we gained through exposure to Ellyn’s writings and lectures was demonstrated for us in real time in the therapeutic learning environment with Mabel.
When APRICOT says: “Learning should be painless,” they mean it. From day one, Mabel empowered us as parents to understand and interact with our children in the way they learn best. We have faced countless social communication challenges in family settings and at school.The APRICOT visual language and learning strategies help us frame the challenges in ways which turn potentially “negative” experiences into opportunities for learning, respect and growth.
We have worked with APRICOT for assessments, one-on-one learning, applications at home and several sessions involving our kids' teachers and school personnel. We appreciate the ease with which Mabel and Lou explain the theory behind the approach, and quickly find common ground with our kids and with the professionals.
The focus on the developmental level of the learner at APRICOT sets their services apart from other social and academic cognition approaches. We observe our children responding effectively to Mabel in her office and through distance learning in part because Mabel recognizes the features of their learning systems, speaks and draws directly to their point of need, fully respecting and empowering our children in the process.
Thank you all for your ongoing work. As Lou knows, I deeply appreciate the opportunity to invite other parents to this approach.
It was just by chance that I met Louise Debreczeny and learned about APRICOT; that chance turned out to be a game changer. My son struggles with multiple learning and behavioral disabilities and we have been at the mercy of our under resourced, albeit hardworking public school system. You would think that being diagnosed at 4 years old and an IEP by 5 years old would lead us to understanding the special education system by now. Sadly, this is not the case. While there may have been a lot of hand holding in elementary school, middle school left us treading water. By the end of 7th grade, I realized that my son had made no academic advances.
We started attending sessions with Lou at the end of 7th grade and have experienced steady improvement from his baseline 3rd grade language development level to nearly 8th grade level, 3 years later.
I know exactly where we’d be without Lou and APRICOT; we would be floundering…and with far greater consequences. Perhaps my meeting Lou wasn’t chance at all; perhaps it was exactly what the universe knew we needed.
My journey in educating has been life-long but my formal institutional education has been a short journey enriched and enhanced by what I have learned through APRICOT, Inc. What I have learned both as a parent, of a child receiving educational intervention, and as a teacher, implementing these same ideas into my classroom, has been life-altering and truly changed the trajectory of my child's learning and my effectiveness as a teacher!