Yvette was referred to us by a friend and she has been a God send. Thanks to the various therapies and her calming and compassionate approach, she helped my teenaged son deal with a learning disability, anxiety, and dizziness. He has since been able to surmount a number of challenges that were preventing him from reaching his full potential. Just this week he received letters of acceptance from both a college and a university, passed his G2 licence driver’s test on his first try, and got a raise as a result of a great performance review at work. Yvette has been an important part of my son’s health and success team. Thank you Yvette, we can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done for our son!
We were referred to Yvette as our then nine-year old daughter was
having behavioral challenges at school -- she found it difficult to sit
still, stay within her space, and focus on her work. It seemed that she
was uncomfortable in her own body. As a result, our daughter felt
anxious and frustrated when it came to learning new things, such as
During the assessment, Yvette guided our daughter through numerous
tests to determine the root causes of her difficulties. Yvette's
patience and attention to detail as well as her ability to relate to and
connect with our child made it possible for our daughter to be at ease
and follow Yvette's instructions. Yvette determined that some of our
daughter's reflexes had not integrated, so she created a plan which
contained a series of exercises to be done at home. Exercises consisted
of a series of repetitive movements taking approximately a half hour 4-5
days a week. A flow was created, as one movement lead to the next. We
were surprised at the initial thought process required to do the
movements, but the positive outcome was well worth the effort. In
addition, Yvette provided further resources and referrals, all of which
proved to be very helpful.
Over the course of six months, Yvette visited to observe our child's
progress and to implement additional exercises to support her
development. The transformation we witnessed during this time was truly
astounding. Our daughter went from shying away from reading and
challenging school work to discovering her love of reading and the
ability to sit and focus, to fully engage with the task at hand.
Reflecting back, we realize it would have been advantageous to have had
this assessment done when our daughter was an infant or toddler. We
would recommend an assessment by Yvette to anyone with young children.
Yvette's attention to detail, knowledge and wisdom reflect her passion
for and commitment to helping children reach their full potential. We
will always be grateful for Yvette's support.
Pam (Aylmer, Quebec)
Working with Yvette on integrating primitive reflexes is one of the best therapies we have done for our youngest, now adult, daughter who is autistic and has developmental delays. As early as 3 years old, we have tried almost every therapy or program for our daughter because we always felt she had potential and believed that she had the cognitive ability to lead a high functioning life. Everything from the traditional speech and occupational therapies to a plethora of non-traditional, alternative therapies. If you can name it, we probably have tried it. Each one of these therapies resulted in a small gain but we still were not able to see significant cognitive gains especially as it related to executive functioning until we worked with Yvette on integrating her primitive reflexes.
Fast forward 6 months into the program, and her teacher from school called home to find out what it was that we were doing differently. She was making more connections with the content in her courses in terms of her cognitive abilities and they were pleased with her progress. In addition to improvements in her executive functioning, her coordination skills and muscle tone significantly improved. As an example, she always wanted to skip but could not figure out how since any activity which involved complex, cross body motor skills, was extremely difficult for her. With Yvette’s program and guidance, she started to jump rope, was able to pick up marbles with her toes, was able to do the cats cradle and more. The only regret I have with the program is not starting it much earlier in her life. Integrating primitive reflexes should be one of the first therapies a child with autism or ID should try. We are very grateful to Yvette for her guidance and for working with our daughter and ourselves. Our daughter not only graduated from high school with a full diploma, she is now attending an independent living and vocational training program at Lesley University.
N. Karim (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
We had the great fortune of finding Yvette to help our son. When we met her he was starting to have fits, which was unlike him, and having greater and greater issues interacting with other kids at school. Through the careful assessment of Yvette we discovered that he had issues with his eyes that had gone undetected by eye doctor visits which explained him always looking tired and bored in class (his eyes and brain constantly fighting to focus) and his reluctance to practice reading. We discovered that he had not integrated all his primitive reflexes causing him having various challenges. And all these challenges were translating in greater and greater difficulty interacting with others and getting frustrated more and more easily. We discovered that he was hearing too much which explained him freaking out when there were whistles in sight or sirens going off. All the sudden so many behaviors had an explanation and we could help him! And Yvette, with her incredible gentleness and patience, accompanied our son through the process of integrating his primitive reflexes, strengthening his core, improving his overall coordination. The kid that was not interested in sports, was incredibly uncoordinated, gained confidence and started showing interest in physical activities. He found his calm demeanor back. He won't be an athlete, he won't be an A-grade student, he won't be president of the class, but he is happy and curious to try new things and is self-assured (or at least so much more than he was!). Huge thanks to Yvette. May she be able to help many many more kids!
I have only praise for Mme Yvette's workshops. I love workshops that spread over the course of several months because this pace gives time to implement the theory received, to see what works/what doesn't, and to get feedback at the next session. The Waldorf-based philosophy that Yvette teaches is also filled with kindness and respect for the child and helps us, as parents, to strive to create such environments in our homes (which isn't always easy and intuitive). The workshops also allowed me to understand the different stages of child development and what the child needs, thinks and feels in each stage to help her grow into her own self and be ready to embrace the adult world.
I am still learning every day but the workshop allowed my husband and I to discuss what we wanted in the long term for our children and have a common approach to our kids' education.
Yvette worked with my son, diagnosed with autism, for almost 8 months and I saw a tremendous improvement in his academic performance. He is now able to communicate smoothly with people of his age and those older than him. He could not relate and play with other kids. Now he can easily interact and make friends. I am really grateful for Yvette's support and training.
Voici mon témoignage. Pour nous c'est pour un défi de language que nous avons consulté Mme Yvette et par les mouvements rythmiques et les lasers que nous avons amélioré non seulement le language mes aussi ça coordination son appétit, ça vue, son ouïe. Avec Mme Yvette c'est la racine du problème qu'elle traite et nom les symptômes. Merci 😊
It (FUNdational Parenting Class) was extremely interesting (not mention fun) to join other moms and babies that attended the workshop. Learning about each baby reflex and their importance to brain development was very informative and helpful. I can now recognize each reflex and facilitate their integration through change of behavior, especially in a world dominated by baby gadgets. You do inspiring work. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.
My 8 year old son went through what can only be described as a trauma of sorts in his school. My husband and I had Yvette’s contact from a friend and called to see how quickly we could start. Yvette was very empathetic and accommodating and we started the following. Q has ADHD and we felt that at the "end" of whatever was happening at school he was struggling. He was in a constant alert state and had a teacher that was not supportive. With Yvette’s caring approach and assessment we determined this to be true and we embarked on our treatment journey. Yvette assisted with reflex and sensory integration through a home movement program and cold laser therapy (QRI). Yvette also did work on Q's hearing with AIT. We also saw a developmental optometrist which has also been a huge help.
After 2 months of treatment he was able to seamlessly integrate into a new school after March Break. An experience that should have been stressful and difficult was fairly painless and we believe that this is a direct result of surrounding Quinn with skilled and caring individuals like Yvette.
Yvette Halpin is a unique and gifted teacher, for children and parents alike. Her workshops have given us concrete and effective tools for parenting our daughters. Even more importantly, they helped to remind us of the love that lies at the core of parenting, and that our role is to raise these little beings to be whole, happy individuals. Highly recommended!