Our psychology team (educational, counselling, general and clinical) speech-language therapist and occupational therapist provide support and direction to many parents, families and caregivers. Together, we help their children to understand and overcome their challenges. Below please read a selection of testimonials.
“Having such expertise at your fingertips is amazing, I am so happy we found Kidz Therapy, it makes me so much more confident in my self, I have been telling the other mums at school” Shelly, mother of ASD girl age 8 years, 2018
“I work with young people as a career development practitioner and have referred a number of clients to Marie and her team, who have provided a range of educational psychology and other services. The consistent feedback from client families who have used Kidz Therapy is without exception, excellent. Marie and the team have very high levels of professionalism in their work and do their very best they can to work with the young person and their family to provide the best possible support and service. Thank you for being there for our young people and their whanau”.– Hana Lambert, Career Development Practitioner, Rata Careers and Education, Nov 2015
“I love the fact that your place is a one-stop shop’ and there is a high degree of professionalism and skill apparent in the centre, the news that your child is dyslexic and dyspraxic is not the one parents really want to hear; but we feel so secure in knowing that Marie can interface and work together to get the best outcomes for our son” The ongoing support and therapy has been invaluable both for the school and us as parents and Brad is much happier too”. – Parents of Brad, age 16 years
“Hi Marie, thank you so much for thinking about Emma, we have all really appreciated your support in arranging Emma’s assessment. Emma in particular seems to have a new lease of life – she is very excited about doing homework all of a sudden. The school are extremely impressed with how thorough the reports are. As this is all a very new world for me, I’m not sure what happens next but for the record, we have been really happy with the supportive and professional work from you all”.
Tina, mother of 14 year old Emma October, 2015
“We are so very pleased to have Kidz Therapy involvement, the expertise and the friendly yet professional way you liaise with each other is so assuring; we know we have the level of expertise we need; it is such a joy to work with your team as the work ethic and quality service is so evident”. – Sharon mother of Sam; 8 year old dyspraxic boy 2015
“Kidz Therapy has a lot of support at its fingertips and our unit uses the whole range of support it offers. Marie Kelly is warm, friendly and specialises tailoring personalised support plans for every child / student / family she works with. Marie is both an experienced mum and educationalist who really listens to what you need. I would say her reports are fantastic – and practical. A real bonus is the effective way she communicates with students, their families and educationalists – you are guaranteed to laugh and learn at the same time!” – Julie Mulcahy SENCO
Marie Kelly – Educational Psychologist, Director of Kidz Therapy
“You may not rermember but you saw our older daughter Amy a few years ago and your report has made such a difference to her. She is now in Year 13 and the school’s Learning Support office have been extremely helpful to her learning. She is doing really well! I often re-read your report to find that it is every bit as useful as it was back then. Thanks so much:) Rachael, mother of Amy, May 2017”
Thank you so much for this report – it is by far the most comprehensive report I have ever read and exactly what we needed. Thank you so much for your time and expertise – it was lovely to meet you too. The Senco at Ryan’s school also hugely impressed – said she had never read a report which gave so many useable recommendations either, and said it was so obvious that you had such a real understanding and insight into my child. Thank you so much, Claire, primary school teacher 2016
“We approached Marie from Kidz Therapy after much research and consideration. Having obtained my own MA in developmental psychology, I was very careful to ensure our daughter will be assessed with due care and consideration so that she would find the experience both enjoyable and beneficial. Marie exceeded our expectations. The assessment was extremely thorough and the feedback process detailed and hugely informative. We have provided our daughter’s assessment to the school she is about to join, and they informed us that having seen many such assessments, our report stood out for being highly tailored to our daughter. As a consequence of this process we were able to make many changes to accommodate our daughter and she is now much happier. If you are considering assessing your child because you want to understand more about how they learn and how to best cater for them, I would whole heartily recommend using Kidz Therapy”.– Galia BarHava-Monteith, Executive Coach. November 2015
Teresa here from RTLB from Coromandel/Whitianga. I hope you had a great weekend after your Reciprocal Teaching workshop in Thames. It certainly was a fantastic day and the feedback I have had from everyone has been brilliant! One of the teachers I am working with (very expereinced!) said it was the best PD she had ever done in her 13 years of teaaching. She showed me some work she is doing with her class the other day and it is fantastic.
Teresa Kedzlie, RTLB, Thames (May 2016)
It is now a year since you saw my boys but I hope you remember them. The change in them is just incredible. Thank you for the insight you gave us through the reports. It was really useful to have that info as we transferred schools and has all paid off so well. Sue, mother of exceptionally gifted sons 2015
“Thank you so much for Louis’ report. It was pleasing to see some areas of strength and to have a way forward. You seemed to capture the essence of who Louis is in the report”2015
I would like to thank you. I’m in the process of doing the SAC and the reports that come from you are (for me) by far the easiest to read. You make it very easy yet so comprehensive! thanks for that! It saves me at least 40 mins per application. Auckland Senco 2015
“Marie’s reports are very thorough; the recommendations are practical and easy for teachers to implement. Marie makes herself very available for any follow questions to clarify information, which is invaluable. As a RTLB cluster we highly recommend Marie’ services to parents, schools and professionals.”– Karen Blackall (RTLB) Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour
“The report you prepared is extremely detailed and exactly pinpoints the areas of concern that we have observed over the last couple of years but have been unable to articulate clearly. It was very pleasing to hear how competent Lizzie is in so many areas or her work – and this is entirely consistent with how we observe her – but it was also good to get a comprehensive assessment of the areas where Lizzie is struggling and is in need of some extra help. I am extremely grateful for the time you spent with Lizzie and the detail in the report. Thank you” Mother of 8 year old twice exceptional girl, 2015
“You have scored well on her Physiologist barometer as she said you were very nice”,Jo mother of a Year 10 student 2015
Thank you Marie, we received the report – it made sense, we want to thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into Jack, he is a much happier boy and knows now that he is smart not “dumb”, I just wish I had undertaken this long before now”.– Mother of 15 year old boy Jack – March 2013
Melissa Mako –Educational Psychologist
My husband and I were in two minds about booking an assessment for Jackson, as his school did not believe anything to be ‘wrong’. I am so glad I followed my motherly instinct to have him assessed, as now we know Jackson has a specific learning disorder in reading, we can support him the best we can. Melissa’s recommendation for a Reader for his exams will be a game changer for Jackson. Thank you again Melissa for your thorough report. It clearly explains Jackson’s strengths and weaknesses and how we can best support him through his final years of secondary school.
Mother of Jackson; Year 9 student with a previously undiagnosed learning disorder, 2018
Melissa, I am writing to thank you for your gentle approach with Jacob. As you know, he was quite anxious about the assessment, but as soon as we met you his nerves subsided. He couldn’t wait for the next session!
Jenny mother of Jacob 6-year-old boy, 2017
I have read the report and I am very happy with it, thank you. We appreciate it and think you have done an amazing job. We are glad we went through the process and have found the report worthwhile to get Samuel the support he needs. Samuel has been doing well at school and seems much happier these days. Parent of a Year 10 student. May, 2015
You have done such a wonderful, thorough job with this and it is written in a way that I can understand.
I’d also like to give feedback about our facilitator Melissa – she was so good and helped our daughter to take things calmly. I really liked her approach, expertise and style to the process. Racheal October, 2016
It was so lovely to meet you, thank you for making Charlotte feel at ease and explain the findings so clearly to us.Parent of a Year 3 student. October, 2015
Thanks for your help and support. We’ve had a meeting with learning support and have now changed James’ options for next year to suit his strengths. Thank you for clarifying things and providing a report that was easily understood. Parent of a Year 11 student. August, 2015
Ron Hutton (Dr)- Educational Psychologist
Firstly, thanks for your work with Tom and for completing the report. It’s great for us to have something to guide us through the next few years and we are in discussions with the school to explore options in more detail and to come up with a plan. So it’s been a very useful exercise for us. Thank you also for making the experience a positive one for Tom. Andrea, mother of 8 year old Tom, November 2015
“I just wanted to let you know personally how impressed we were with Shireen. Not only was she wonderful with Rosie but she went well so far out of her way, it was unbelievable. All of the extra time and help she gave us was so very much appreciated. Shireen is so obviously a very big asset to Kidz Therapy and it is wonderful to see people who go the extra mile. We will certainly be recommending Kidz Therapy to any of our friends who need similar support”.
“Thanks for the report. I will take the time to read this slowly and digest over a few reading sessions but just wanted to say thank you very much.
I think Kidz Therapy provides a wonderful and much-needed service and we greatly enjoyed meeting and working with Shireen. It was incredible even from our verbal discussion with Shireen following the assessment, how accurate her assessment of his needs was.
And she did repeatedly tell us how wonderful she thought Jack was – it was wonderful for us to see the clear rapport she has with Jack. He really responded to her. Please pass on our sincere thanks to Shireen”. Jack’s mum, Maddie, Feb 2018
“We were both so impressed with Shireen, she is a ‘standout’ in my opinion. her level of engagement, immediate ability to connect and empathise with dealing with our daughter was quite remarkable. While we both hold Corporate roles and of an assumed level of intelligence, Shireen’s ability to explain things to me in simple terms was fantastic. Shireen’s focus and purpose of how best to assist Lizzie going forward was simply ‘refreshing’. It was very easy to see how very caring and passionate Shireen was in her role while at the same time being very professional and totally ethical. She was very transparent, honest and complimentary of the team she works with. Shireen was also ‘in-tune’ and very perceptive working with Lizzie (who is in her early teenage years) and how she may feel amongst her peers with respect to hear learning difficulties and how it sometimes impacts on her self-esteem. While I do not use Facebook or Social Media I am more than happy for you to provide my feedback to others and I will personally communicate my positive experience about Kidz Therapy to Lizzie’s school”Mother of Lizzie, Year 9 student, 2017
Hilary Dixon – Psychologist
“Hilary was recommended to us by Kidz Therapy with regard to issues we had with our 8 year old son. We found her extremely helpful, and understanding of our situation. Hilary showed empathy towards our stress and listened to our concerns and provided constructive advice/solutions. We received a detailed report and also various recommendations which were practical and family friendly. We would not hesitate to contact Hilary again to discuss any concerns that we had”.2013
“Our son is more confident now and able to handle his challenges. I know there are still things he finds difficult (as we all do) but he is more willing and confident to face them. He is now a normal, moody, fun-loving, homework and chore evading boy in his tweens. He’s slowly venturing out and challenging himself to do what we know he is capable of doing – even in his studies”.2014
“In his sessions with you, our son felt comfortable and safe enough to open up to you and yet still feel quite independent enough to know when he could stand on his own and stop going. In the process of helping him you have helped us too. You encouraged us when we felt unsure about our parenting. That gave us confidence to go through the difficult times. Sometimes we just need a hand to guide us through the tough spots. We’re very happy that you were there for us. Thank you so much!”2014
“Hilary Dixon has worked with our son over the past two year period. He has a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome, and has done remarkably well in main stream life until a breakdown 2 years ago which resulted in social phobias and an anxiety disorder. His slow journey towards recovery has been complex and difficult, complicated by Aspergers”.2013
“Hilary’s understanding of the “Aspie mind” and what drives our son has meant that it is one place he can go and be totally understood. In turn, Hilary has helped our family understand where he is at, and how to relate to him during this difficult journey. His weekly visits to Hilary have literally saved his life (and our sanity), in a number of ways. Perhaps even more valuable to us has been Hilary’s deep, unconditional, genuine commitment to the wellbeing of our son. We are deeply appreciative of what Hilary and Kidz Therapy have done for our son to date – words cannot express our gratitude.”
Helen White – Speech-language therapist
I have been doing the strategies you taught Annabelle with her for six weeks now …… Its really quite exciting:) to finally see something work for her. The strategies you have taught Annabelle so far seem to me to be absolutely on the right track for her, and I continue to feel incredibly grateful we have made a start to help her manage with her language processing problem.” – From Jo, Sept 2016
Testimonial from Jo Gracey, parent and learning support assistant, Christchurch July 2016
“This is to say a big thank you for all your help this week. It has been amazing and quite eye opening to watch you work. You have an amazing wealth of experience and knowledge and I am grateful to have met and sat under you, even be it, a short time. The strategies you have been showing us make a lot of sense in targeting language problems – and I know I won’t do them a fraction of how well you do them – but I am so grateful to now have a direction to go in – and to start this slow and steady work with Annabelle, each at home, in Christchurch”
From student Annabelle Gracey 9 ½ years. “Thank you for teaching me. You are a star. You are a great teacher. I hope you have had a great time teaching me. It was a great time with you”
“We would like to thank you greatly for all that you have done for Ashley. We are thrilled with her progress and know that it is the result of your significant expertise. We look forward to working with you again soon”. Warm regards, Tracey Gabriel, 2015
“After four sessions with Helen, my daughter is already able to use concretely what she learnt. She can do her homework with everything Helen taught her. Helen has this wonderful ability to “connect” with teenagers, to make them work hard in a friendly environment. I am amazed to see my daughter using words she could not remember before. It is a huge relief for me to know that Helen will help her this year”.2014
“Helen’s work with our 14 year old son proved invaluable in helping him find ways to express himself verbally in the same way he could express himself in numbers and graphs. He is much more confident in his ability to write essays and is consistently achieving higher grades in English”.Kind regards, Elizabeth, 2015
“I am so excited with the progress that Ben is making with Helen White. Her approach and methods are a complete revelation to us; in particular that Ben’s recall of all he is learning is so far beyond anything we have seen in previous therapies. The slow and steady approach consolidates learning in such a way that it seems almost effortless, while moving ahead at a speed that surprised me. I’m also impressed with the 6 week on and 6 weeks off programme we have. It suits us financially, suits Ben’s personality and keeps the sessions fresh”.2015
“Outside of therapy Ben’s speech has improved significantly which makes life so much easier for us and him. His progress at school and ability to interact there are also improving. Ben’s recall of all he is learning is so far beyond anything we have seen in previous therapies. The slow and steady approach consolidates learning in such a way that it seems almost effortless, while moving ahead at a speed that surprised me. I’m also impressed with the 6 week on and 6 weeks off programme we have. It suits us financially, suits Ben’s personality and keeps the sessions fresh.
Helen’s experience and knowledge are impressive and her ability to connect with Ben (and me) on a personal level makes coming to sessions a pleasure. We are very grateful to have met her”.Thank you, -Belinda, 2014
“Thanks for the massive improvement that we have seen in Harry’s speech. Enjoy the Christmas break – safe and happy travels. Will contact you next year to schedule in another block of sessions”. 2015
“I would like to sincerely thank you for your very professional and caring approach. We are confident that Amy is in very capable hands but also appreciate your loving, fun and nurturing manner. I look forward to speaking with you soon.”Elizabeth, June 2011
“We would like to thank you greatly Helen for all you have done for Ashley. We are thrilled with her progress and know that it is the result of your significant expertise. We look forwarding to working with you again soon”
“I had a chat with Marie today and relayed to her the progress Maddie has made. Thank you so much for your help. I know your contribution was significant. Maddie is doing very well but we won’t hesitate to come back to you if we need to. Glenn and I are your No. 1 fans!” – Clare, September 2012
“Hi Suzanne, Thank you for the informative evening with Helen White. She really impressed me. Whilst Madeleine was a bit reluctant to come along, I think it was helpful for her to hear some of the descriptions/traits that were talked about (a number of them familiar to her). I do think it’s helpful for her to start to have a better understanding of how her brain works as she will need to advocate for herself more and more as she becomes more independent. Madeleine is enjoying both learning support and da Vinci. We are really pleased with our decision to place Madeleine at Dio, it certainly appears to have been the right choice for her.” – Thanks again, Sally Waters
“After four sessions with Helen, my daughter is already able to use concretely what she learnt. She can do her homework with everything Helen taught her. Helen has his wonderful ability to “connect” with teenagers, to make them work hard in a friendly environment. I am amazed to see my daughter using words she could not remember before. It is a huge relief for me to know that Helen will help her this year.” – Pascaline Marcenac
“Hi Helen, “I had a chat with Marie today and relayed to her the progress Maddie has made. Thank you so much for your help. I know your contribution was significant. Maddie is doing very well but we won’t hesitate to come back to you if we need to. Glenn and I are your No. 1 fans!” Clare Turner.” – Best wishes, CT
“Hi Helen, Helen’s work with our 14 year old son proved invaluable in helping him find ways to express himself verbally in the same way he could express himself in numbers and graphs. He is much more confident in his ability to write essays and is consistently achieving higher grades in English.” – Kind regards Elizabeth
“I am so excited with the progress that Ben is making with Helen White. Her approach and methods are a complete revelation to us, in particular that Ben’s recall of all he is learning is so far beyond anything we have seen in previous therapies. The slow and steady approach consolidates learning in such a way that it seems almost effortless, while moving ahead at a speed that surprised me. I’m also impressed with the 6 week on and 6 weeks off programme we have. It suits us financially, suits Ben’s personality and keeps the sessions fresh. Outside of therapy Ben’s speech has improved significantly which makes life so much easier for us and him. His progress at school and ability to interact there are also improving. Helen’s experience and knowledge are impressive and her ability to connect with Ben (and me) on a personal level make coming to sessions a pleasure. We are very grateful to have met her.” – Thank you, Belinda Thomas.
Emma always had a great way of making hard work lots of fun. My whole way of life from writing to sport has improved because she taught me better muscle control.
As parents of a child with dyspraxia, it can be difficult understanding what dyspraxia is and how to help your child. Emma not only worked with our son in a fun and friendly way to improve his muscle control but also took time to explain to anxious parents what we could do to assist him. We needed someone to work with us and our son and Emma did a great job doing that for us. – Alick and Donna Elliott
The Occupational Therapy that my son received from Emma has been instrumental in Adam growing into a young man who has achieved personal and academic success. Emma is very inclusive in her approach. She quickly established a caring, understanding & respectful relationship with Adam and she was happy for me to be present during the sessions so that I could observe & deepen my understanding of the challenges that dyspraxia gave my son.
Emma is always happy to pass on her wealth of knowledge along with practical strategies to overcome challenges that may arise – she always does this in a way that is understandable and makes sense.
The support that Emma has given our whole family over the years has been valuable and has given us the strength to cope with difficult situations. Emma can help make a difference in your child’s life. – Tania & Murray Hodgson.