"Kendra helped our son (age 4 at the time), our family and the school understand our son's unique challenges. She was able to provide support at the school. We were at risk of being asked to leave the school due to my son's behavior challenges. Kendra helped me reframe this difficult time in our lives and demonstrate his progress towards his goals. When behavior is a problem, it is really embarrassing for a parent. It is easy to feel like it's all your fault. Kendra having raised her own children with their own unique challenges, was able to compassionately share empathy with our family. I appreciate Kendra's assistance and wish I could have her everywhere we go. Sadly, they wouldn't let her help him once he went to public school." ~Parent, Oakland, CA
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“Kendra is an accurate and careful observer of behavior, as well as an intuitive thinker about overall development and strategies to overcome challenges to further growth. Her interactions with children are loving, caring, calm, confident and wise. She is able to challenge students while scaffolding learning and supporting sensory, language, and emotional constraints. She is very responsive to parents, including them in the intervention process,quickly gaining the respect and admiration. She is a professional and exceptional therapeutic support specialist.”
~Anna Vagin, PhD Speech and Language Pathologist and Author
“Kendra Frautnick worked with my son, who has high functioning autism, for over two years. Kendra has a naturally fun and energetic personality, and my son clearly loved working with her. Kendra really knows her stuff. She has extensive experience in working with kids on the spectrum, and you could see that in the plethora of engaging activities, games and motivational systems she developed for my son. He grew tremendously under her guidance. Kendra was also very helpful to me in developing strategies to target my son's unique challenges. Kendra is tactful and collaborative and worked very effectively with the other professionals on my son's treatment team, including his school aide. She is unfailingly professional and a delight to work with. After five years of working with many therapists for my son, there is no one I would recommend more highly than Kendra!”
~Parent, Piedmont, California
"Our daughter was having issues with anxiety, separation, crying, and social skills. Basically, she was flunking at daycare: crying continuously for hours to the point where our provider had exhausted all strategies to calm her down. We didn't have a diagnosis, but we really needed immediate help. We hired Kendra to help our daughter with her anxieties and process her emotions more positively. Kendra was a great second set of eyes and ears. Her observations were vital in getting our daughter her emotional equilibrium back (or, as close to equilibrium as a preschooler can get.) After we moved from our old daycare to a new facility, Kendra was able to act as a bridge between the two and help our daughter process all the new experiences. We highly recommend her services." ~Parent, Oakland, Ca
“Kendra has supported our 6 year old son who was diagnosed with "a learning disorder with a social pragmatic component” for 2 years with regular push-in therapy. Her experience and gentle, intuitive approach have helped him immensely with handling difficulties in social settings. When we started with Kendra, our son would only play by himself. Thanks to her help, he now has the tools and confidence to positively interact with his peers.”
~Parents in Oakland, California
"Kendra has been our main support person and an incredibly positive, smart and kind all-around resource for our family for the past 8 years! She has been working with our son who has autism since he began preschool and she has both “shadowed” him at school and at camps and has taken him on facilitated play dates with his friends at parks and museums, etc. Since the pandemic began, we’ve been having Zoom sessions with one or two of our son’s friends and the sessions are always so much fun and help the children to stay connected to each other with interesting games and activities.
Kendra truly has a gift for helping children to connect with each other. Her goal is always to help children to have fun with each other and to then seek that out on their own. Thanks to the skillful scaffolding she’s provided, our son has tons of friends and truly enjoys school. We sometimes even find that our son’s social skills are stronger than those of his peers (or even his parents!)
Kendra is a true gem and this will be the best money you’ll spend if your child is having challenges with social skills, communication or regulation. We feel so lucky to have had her in our lives these past several years and she has consistently helped us (the parents), our son, and our son’s teachers. The other children at our son’s various schools have always adored “Teacher Kendra” and she’s always fit in beautifully and been appreciated by the teachers at our son’s 3 schools (preschool, TK and now elementary). Kendra has helped to develop and then track goals for our son and she’s been a consistent and regular communicator with us about what’s actually going on during our son’s school day; she writes great notes!
Kendra loves the work that she does and it shows. She is also very experienced and I truly feel like she’s seen it all, plus, she’s always growing her skills. Kendra is also completely open-minded, nonjudgmental, playful and kind. Our son is flourishing in large part because of Kendra." ~Parent, Berkeley, CA
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~Grandparent, Oakland, California