Here's what our clients and customers are saying about the work we do here at Executive Functioning Success.
I wanted to share how much SMT has transformed my life. Gee... that sounds so dramatic, yet it is so true. Getting things done, on time, and to the best of my ability has bolstered my self-confidence to the point where I feel so free. Free of the panic and dread that dominated me because I would take on so much and never get it done. Also, the ability to organize my time helps my dyslexic brain function so much better. Really, it has taken over three years - but it has happened; I am at the level of productivity and with a high quality of life that I had dreamed of achieving. Thank you so much for your work. Now, I hope to share it with others so that they can have the same joyful experience!
I really loved doing the course with you! I still use my daily time sheets and weekly sheets and I say it's thanks to those sheets that I just managed to work full time, take care of family, AND empty out my dad’s apartment that he had lived in for over 50 years - and he was a collector!
Thanks again. You really have such a nice way with people and it made doing the training so enjoyable!
Alex and I are doing much better. In a big part due to Marydee's program. I can't tell enough people about Seeing My Time. People always want to see what's on my Project Page and Weekly Agenda. 🙂 Alex is off to college next year!! Keep it up, you guys are helping people.
Marydee Sklar's Seeing My Time program has been one of the best gifts I've ever given our family. We initially attended Marydee's program with the intention of providing our son with skills to navigate middle school academics and the increase in his homework load. We came away from the program with so much more. Learning Marydee's time management skills has reduced the stress in our household dramatically. We are forever grateful for the life-long skills that we've learned which help us thrive as individuals and as a family unit. Thank you Marydee!
I wanted to tell you that I have not only found your strategies and approach to teaching wonderful in my professional life but in my personal life as well. I love to dance and balancing my professional responsibilities as a full-time Speech-Language Pathologist working for Providence and dancing in two dance companies in Portland has been a challenge at times. I found myself using what I've learned from your class with my interactions with my fellow dancers and helping them (and myself) with time management and metacognition to retain choreography and make it to rehearsals on time. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your continued work with executive functioning. It's amazing how much I think about executive functioning and how your course has really changed my outlook on life and my ability to do the things I love.
I count taking your Seeing My Time course as one of the highlights of my year! It has been to the moon helpful to me – not only professionally with the students, parents and teachers that I work with, but also as I try to-- little by little, incorporate ideas into my own personal life. I can't thank you enough.
I just want you to know that I am enjoying this course very much. I love your honestly and vulnerability which has allowed you to design such an effective program. I love learning from you.
Thank you for an extremely valuable nine weeks with Seeing My Time! You have created a program that offers an incredible amount of information that can change lives. Thank you for dedicating yourself to sharing that information and helping others to spread it. I’m excited about moving forward and reaching more people.
"Not only has the Building Executive Function Skills in the Classroom course provided a streamlined organizational process for our students, but the strategies learned guide our lesson planning across the curriculum. By far, this has been the most applicable and beneficial class we have taken as educators over the last 13 years. We look forward to continued success for our students and ourselves."
I have to tell you how much I LOVE doing the Seeing My Time program with students and their parents. Thank you SO much for putting this all together and continuing to offer classes so I can keep myself strong and connected. I am seeing quite a few families now and I feel like it is helping the children and their parents a great deal. It is incredibly rewarding to be a part of their journey and to be able to offer support, hope and positive communication! Again, I am incredibly grateful for you and all you do!!!
Thanks for another great session! I really appreciate your energy, enthusiasm and clarity!
The Building Executive Function Skills in the Classroom course is wonderful! I think the term I've used is "game changer" with district administration. You've done such a great job taking the incredibly complex world of neuroscience and making it accessible and practical for us all.
I have never learned so much from a course as I have from this one, thanks to you. I am truly excited to share what I have learned and how it has transformed me as an educator. Thank you for enriching my life both professionally and personally.
I am a psychologist, and I am currently administering the Seeing My Time program to myself, and I LOVE it! It is incredibly intuitive, FUN, and perfectly aligned with my own profile of Executive Function strengths and weaknesses. Thank you Marydee for literally transforming my life!
Marydee was so amazing to listen to. Not only can I relate as a parent, but as a championship procrastinator myself. I was lucky enough to win her book, and it is already speaking to me. I’ve been to a lot of surface presentations with surface presenters. She, and her material were the real deal. I look forward to putting into practice her knowledge and tips in all aspects of my life. Thank you!!!
During the Tips to Help Students Succeed presentation, I saw several kids sitting near me. They looked like they were "dragged in by mom and dad." After she started, they leaned forward and listened intently. The teacher in me smiled. She certainly had something for everyone. Even the kids there felt validated. Now, that's a good teacher!
THANK YOU VERY MUCH for spending the day with us. I am generally a "meeting doodler". I was so interested in your workshop that there is not one doodle in the margins. I can't remember that ever happening before.
On behalf of Lexington and Transitions I would like to extend a heartfelt "thank you" for your wonderful workshop. You presented excellent information to our families, local school personnel and management staff that they will surely use regularly to enrich and organize their lives! We received so many positive comments on our evaluations for your session. I know our management staff is all "buzzing" about tips they will use in their own lives as well as teach to new staff or people with disabilities to help them be more successful in their lives too. Thank you Marydee!
Marydee's training has revolutionized my approach to teaching and opened a new door of compassion for how the adolescent brain operates. Her Introduction to Building Executive Function Skills in the Classroom presentation is the BEST academic training I've attended in my 20 years in the field of teaching. I left the presentation with concrete tools to help students build executive functioning skills. These tools are easy to implement and really do work!
I have attended Marydee's trainings three times over the past 10 years, and each time I come away with a new tool in my toolkit. Her presentations are engaging, relevant, and based on research. Marydee is an expert on time management - I've found myself using her strategies in both my professional and personal life. As a professional development coordinator for my company, I've gotten nothing but positive feedback from our employees on her presentation style and content. We are lucky to have such a valuable resource in our community.
About half way through your seminar, I felt like dancing! It struck a chord in me. And it's helping! I have pared down the enormous amount of clothes I had in my closet, am procrastinating less and so many other things. Now I can put a name to some of the STUFF in my brain that I thought I was the only one dealing with for all these years...It makes so much sense to me. My one regret: I didn't have it for my kids when they were young. But I do now! It was a great seminar.
My name is Claudia Ruf and I am the principal at Glencoe High School in Hillsboro, Oregon.
We invited Marydee to speak to all of our teachers during a recent Professional Development day. Teachers are still talking about what they learned, and you could feel the energy in the room.
These are some of the comments sent to me from staff after her visit:
"The information on executive functioning really makes me think about the demands placed on students and what else we may need to pre-teach before expecting certain outcomes."
"Executive Functioning specifics and its impact within the classroom was by far my favorite part of the day."
"The science of the brain tells us that there is a way we present information to the students and a way to react to discipline situations that could be more effective."
I highly recommend her training. Having teachers learn about executive functioning and time management for students will best help us serve the individual needs of all our students.
Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to present to the ICD last night. Your presentation was so insightful and offered great strategies and resources for people with executive function challenges. You gave us so much information and then translated it into actionable strategies to use with our clients. It was very inspiring.
"I've always found it difficult to commit to a planner, and would end up using multiple systems that didn't really serve me. I realize now that I was missing key information about how to get the most out of my planning sessions. Marydee's mini-course gave me the tools I needed to actually use this planner successfully, and to plan for the life I want. I have just completed my first full year EVER of using only one system, and I have already ordered my 2019 planner - I couldn't live without it!
I love it. It is easy to use. Having a plan lowers my homework stress.
Thank you so much for creating the Seeing My Time planner. I absolutely love it. I buy planners every year, but this is by far the most useful one that I have ever used. I find it to be an essential tool in accomplishing my goals--both small and large--and at the same time, better enjoying my down time knowing that everything I need to get done has been captured. Thanks for creating such a thoughtfully designed product.
Before using my Set up Success planner I had a tremendous issue with organizing my time and writing all my assignments down. My previous school-issued planners were a big struggle, considering they were tiny, cramped with important dates and events for school, and I could only see one week of homework on 2 pages. Now I am able to see a whole month span of homework, keep better track of my homework as well as extracurricular activities, and organize all my papers that I receive each day. Overall, my planner makes me feel like I CAN get through the school year. I really appreciate the little notes of advice for each month and the Daily To Do Page to organize everything I have going on each week. Thank you Marydee for an amazing and extremely helpful tool to help me through the school year! I’ll always remember that my planner is like my best friend!
I just wanted to let you know that all last year I tried to get my daughter to use a planner, and she refused. She said that they don’t work for her. I purchased 6 of your planners as I knew that I would be getting a few students to work with on Seeing my Time this Fall. I was also hoping that my daughter would use one. She looked at it, watched the video, and is excited to try using it this school year!! She even decorated the front and back, and has already highlighted all of the school holidays! I am so excited!! Thank you for creating such an awesome tool! I have also sold all of the other planners, and will probably have to order more!
"At almost 64, with ADHD, I've tried a few (million) planners. None worked until now. I am amazed! I think it works because it's multi-sensory. Using traditional pen and pencil reinforces the brain's ability to access and retain information. At first I thought I was going backwards technologically, but electronic devices tax my brain and overload my ability to process data from line to line. Because of my short term memory deficits, I lose my place when tasks require multiple steps. Pen and paper may be "old school", but it's much less anxiety-producing and doesn't break down. I recommend this for all tactile learners or non techno geeks. It just feels good."
Every now and again I come across a gem that I wish I had found earlier. This book is one such gem. I found these 50 Tips to be helpful for myself as well as for helping my teens. My daughter even read the book herself and began to implement some of the tips. This is a must have book for parents of all ages whether you private school, home school or use the public school system.
The tips in this book are actually not fluffy filler. They are satisfy my need for what to do AND why, but briefly. Plus rather than going on and on about a topic, the author offers references for further investigation.
This instructor's manual from MaryDee Sklar provides an incredibly clear and effective way to coach executive function skills. Using the book feels as though you have a highly effective, brilliant, and very kind professor at your shoulder, giving you the benefit of her many years of wisdom about how to develop executive functioning skills.
Finally a book of tips that is actually full of tips. My favorite so far, using an analog clock or watch. THANK you so much for that one