We can confidently say our son is ready for college now and our family is stronger, thanks to the Seeing My Time program with Annika. Our very bright and very shy son has struggled to reach his potential in school because he lacked the essential organizational and communication skills to focus his efforts and to self advocate with his teachers. He wasn't willing to do one on one tutoring for study skills: it was too overwhelming. Working with Annika as a family was ideal for our situation and we were pleasantly surprised with the benefits we ALL took away from our sessions. We learned about our own and each other's strengths and weaknesses and how we could best support each other. We learned concrete tools for organization and time management and put them into practice under Annika's guidance. Our communication as a family has improved and we look forward to continuing our family meetings when our son goes off to college. Annika was so easy to work with and very knowledgeable. We recommend her wholeheartedly!
-The Woodmansee Family
Seeing My time changed our lives. Two years ago my son was a typical tweenager totally disorganized, or so I thought and I was the typical organized helicopter mom. And "the Twain shall never meet". That was us. We were at constant war. Then we started the program with Annika, just my son and I and it was life changing. It helped me understand my son and the way his brain functions and my son learned to understand my state of mind. We started to have conversations instead of arguments. Assignments and projects were submitted on time without the late night 2:30am scramble to finish a project and my son and I became friends rather than adversaries. Our organizational skills, time management skills improved. We learnt our weaknesses and startergies to over come them together. My son started at a new school this year. His teachers and counselors are amazed at how organized and put together he is.they love him and I am so proud of him. All thanks to this program and Annika's help. We will forever be grateful to Annika for introducing us to this program and being with us every step of th way through this journey. Like I said before life changing. Our only regret, wish we could have started it sooner and also involved the rest of our family. Thank you Annika!!! Much love!!!
We started using Annika the summer after my daughter’s 1st year at college. Her spring semester was a disaster. She had no focus, no plan, no tools. She was stressed and overwhelmed. Within weeks of working with Annika’s calming and nurturing teaching, my daughter started feeling much more confident. Planning her work and being organized, I saw the transformation every week. Being part of the learning, helped us as a family as well. As parents, we send our children off to college without having the correct tools to organize. Annika put the focus back in my child, even when my daughter felt doomed. She is much more confident. She is a whole different person. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
-The Rubinetti Family
There's a reason why "transformative" is used so often to describe a family's experience with Annika. Annika is the real deal: knowledgeable, patient and eager to share effective tools that really work. Our 9th grade daughter is more confident in tackling school work independently, and it's been an enormous relief not to have to hover over our daughter to make sure she is doing the work. We are less stressed as a family, and we are all more efficient and not procrastinating which has improved our family dynamics overall. An added bonus is that we are sleeping more so we are refreshed and ready to take more on! This series has been a life-changer, and I am so grateful to have found Annika. I only wish I had learned many of the lessons when I was a kid!
-The Kim family
Annika Ahlstrom is a gifted teacher, communicator and mentor. Her programs on mindfulness and executive function are wonderful and effective - and delivered with great experience and genuine caring. She has a way of making any student feel at ease and receptive to creating new, winning patterns for learning. We recommend her enthusiastically!
- Noelle Nicholson
We have only been working with Annika for a little over a month, and we are so happy with the results and optimistic about the progress to come! One of the biggest benefits is the fact that her work pulls our family together to support each other with compassion as we try to get organized and use our time more effectively. It has had a profound effect on me personally as a person who struggles with organization. I have been amazed with how less stressed I feel as I get more done.
Our son started seeing Annika in the summer after 9th grade because he was experiencing difficulty with his organizational skills. He was having trouble keeping track of his assignments and deadlines and, as a result, he had numerous missing assignments, which really hurt his overall grades. He also did not have the ability to plan ahead for longer term assignments and studying for tests. He needed a tremendous amount of support from us to keep on top of his work. After about 8 sessions with Annika, he was able to successfully track his assignments and deadlines and did not have a single missing assignment the following year! He is now able to successfully manage his work on his own. Annika taught him some very simple, straightforward skills to organize himself, his time and his work. She is pleasant, kind, supportive, practical and helpful. We are so grateful to her for having helped our son! We only wish we had done it sooner! We highly recommend Annika to other families facing similar struggles.
-The Ferrari Family
I was not happy about my relationship with my daughter. I was referred to Annika and I wanted to give it a try but I did not expect much. Meeting with Annika over the summer was such a wise decision. I learned to understand my daughter and how her brain functions. We both learned strategies to plan our daily lives. Our communication is much better and my daughter's time management skills have improved. Now she has started her new school year with more motivation, focus and confidence. We will keep practicing the strategies!
My husband, son and I started the Seeing My Time program with Annika the summer before my son's junior year. We found that working together as a family was beneficial to all of us. It helped us realize our individual weaknesses and gave us tools and strategies that were easy to apply and made big changes. We were able to support my son in the areas he needed help and at the same time give him the ability to take ownership of his work and make better choices and decisions. This helped to avoid conflicts and arguments. Annika is knowledgable, personable and very easy to work with. I would highly recommend her and the program! My only regret is that we didn't find her sooner. I believe all children should be taught these skills in elementary school to prepare them for their future learning.
-The Day Family
My daughter and I gained so much insight working with Annika. Using the seeing my time program with her guidance taught both of us many lessons, most of all how each of us thinks. Our brains are just wired differently and now we can understand each other better. I am much more able to help my daughter with this understanding and using the skills taught to us by Annika. Due to the fact that we do not live near her, most of our sessions were completed via the computer. We did the first session and one close to the end, face to face in the same room but being able to work together online for the other sessions was most helpful. Not just because we did not have to travel, but all my daughters school work was right within reach and Annika could really guide us in our environment. There were also tools that help our whole family communicate better in relationship to time and scheduling. We will never forget the skills taught to us by Annika and feel confident in the knowledge that she is available for questions or a tune-up if needed.
My daughter and I have learned so much from Annika during this program. It has changed my entire way of running a busy family schedule. My daughter and I are now able to support one another with specific strategies that make us feel good at the end of the day . Annika taught us the science behind our behaviors and gave us the tools to succeed. The look on my daughters face when she made the deans list was priceless. It was truly life changing for me and I will be doing the program again with my college, high school and middle school children.
Annika helped my son with his executive functions in middle school. He had straight A's in 8th Grade and has transitioned successfully into high school. I participated in the sessions and also gained great insight into planning, scheduling and time management. We learned approaches which continue to help us find solutions together and independently. Instead of conflict we have found cooperation without judgement and our relationship is stronger for it.
Thank you, Annika!
Annika has been very valuable to our family. She was so compassionate and understanding with what we were experiencing, and she truly has transformed our school experience this year. Her ability to teach the program and help us implement the tools was such a gift to our son and has brought peace to our home life. He is more confident and equipped with tools to help him succeed and the time with her has really made an impact. Her ability to connect with students and her positive attitude really made the difference. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Annika and will continue to use her for support and recommend her to others.
-The Reyes Family
This course has been such an eye opener for both myself and my son. Annika helped us to identify weaknesses with our executive functions and gave strategies to help us overcome and improve on these weaknesses. The course was informative and extremely helpful and I would highly recommend it for any middle or high school student. I wish I had known about this course for my older children.
This course helped me very much. I am handing in my work on time because I have my calendar to look back on which I would not have done before I took this course. This course has made me feel like I am bigger than my work (school, work, planning). I used to feel the work was bigger than me and I would drown in it. I can swim now.
-Judd, 10th Grade Student
Our work with Annika transformed our whole family. My youngest son and I worked with her using the Seeing My Time program over 10 weeks. It was life changing. She knows the material and has the ability to relate it personally to the child in a way that is relevant (for our son using basketball analogies). She helped us to implement the organizational tools of the program which led to greater calm and reduced anxiety in our household. It was so helpful to do the class as a family team so that you can understand the fundamentals and help each other apply them and create a common language. Annika is personable, organized, enthusiastic and above all things a dedicated educator who advocates for the well-being of children and their families.
-The Carroll Family