“I am in my second year at Wake Tech and Laurie has been working with me for the last four months.  During this time she has helped me to be less impulsive and to think about other peoples’ feelings and why they are often very different from my own.  Laurie makes large projects seem easier for me to finish by breaking them down in chunks.  This helps me keep up on long-term assignments.  I would recommend her services because she understands me and my struggles with social situations better than anyone else I have worked with and it is easier to talk with her about anything I face at school.”Kimberly (November ‘08)

“I worked with Laurie for 1 year when I lived in Chapel Hill and attended Carrborro High School. I liked talking to her and her lessons helped me as a Person. I learned to initiate things so I can get what I want. The life simulations helped me a lot.” Student graduating May 2009

Testimonials

"Laurie helped me immensely in the summer of 2002. Her tips and insight proved to be very helpful in preparing me for the daunting challenges of early college life."


    “John”, a college graduate from St. Andrews Presbyterian College who has ASD

“Working with Laurie Nederveen and Aspiring Aspies, our 23 year old son has made more progress in 4 months than in the previous 3 years with traditional psychotherapy”!  Marsha Earley Taylor, February 2010

"Your work was extremely helpful in my daughter's transition to living alone.  Even when she couldn't comply with suggestions you patiently and kindly applied pressure and examples as to why she should.  Your patience with mood swings was great!"

- Paula Bushardt

“We hired Laurie specifically to be a college coach and this was very successful. He did a great job on his applications and was accepted to his first choice school”.  Linda Varblow, February 2010


“I have had the incredible good fortune to have Laurie Nederveen work with my daughter for a few years. Laurie has been nothing short of a lifesaver to our family.


My daughter got diagnosed with Aspergers at a relatively advanced age.  I had no idea how to deal with the issues caused by Aspergers.  Fortunately, I found Laurie, and I am thankful every day for her presence in our lives.


Laurie's knowledge and expertise in her profession is outstanding.  But that's just the beginning. Laurie is creative in providing an individualized approach to each client.  She is persistent with her follow through. She knows community resources, has contacts in strategic places, and does not hesitate to call upon them when necessary.  She has just the right balance of warmth and empathy, combined with a directness and willingness to hold her clients accountable for their actions.


One things that distinguishes Laurie from other coaches is the heartfelt passion and dedication she brings to her work.  One never has to ask if Laurie really cares. That is obvious in everything she does with her clients, even when she has to be very direct with them.  I know that Laurie truly cares about my daughter's well being.


I can go on forever about Laurie's outstanding communication skills, her sense of organization, her energy and enthusiasm, her ability to relate to clients and their families, her insights and practical solutions to problems, and much more.  I have a long background in social services, and I can say without hesitation that Laurie is one of the most outstanding professionals I have ever known. Anyone who chooses to work with Laurie will see the positive changes she is able to make in the lives of the clients she serves so well.”


Gary

Cary, N.C. 2014






“Laurie has been coaching our son for about the past 5 years and we could not be happier with the overall experience. Our son has high functioning Autism or Aspergers and is currently a Junior at NC State University. My wife and I really appreciate Laurie’s expertise and recommendations involving our son. She has coached him through many situations that I’m sure would not have turned out as well if just left to my wife and I. He respects the knowledge that Laurie brings to an issue and, perhaps most important, he trusts her.

Raleigh Parents 2014

urie has been coaching our son for about the past 5 years and we could not be happier with the overall experience. Our son has high functioning Autism or Aspergers and is currently a Junior at NC State University. My wife and I really appreciate Laurie’s expertise and recommendations involving our son. She has coached him through many situations that I’m sure would not have turned out as well if just left to my wife and I. He respects the knowledge that Laurie brings to an issue and, perhaps most important, he trusts her. “

Raleigh Parents 2014


“To whom it may concern,


My daughter's transition to college was made SO much easier with the help of Laurie's thoughtful and personal transition plan.


The folks at her college got to know about her strengths before ever meeting her in person, and the professors had concrete suggestions to help her deal with some auditory processing difficulties.


Laurie kept in touch on a regular basis with both my daughter and the Invisible Social Support network in place at the college.
I am proud to say we have a college graduate who is ready for the NEXT big transition...

to her own apartment and a fulltime job.


I recommend Laurie without hesitation.

Please feel free to contact me for further information.”
Greta Beekhuis
gretaknits@mac.com











“Laurie Nederveen worked with my son, Eric, for over 5 years. Initially she met with him to help him prepare for his upcoming transition to college. She helped him better understand what college life would be like and the responsibilities he would have in advocating for himself as a college student. As part of this, she needed to help Eric understand both his strengths and challenges so that he would be able to recognize when he might need help and feel comfortable asking for that help. During his five years as a student at NC State, she met with him before each semester to help him with strategies to stay organized with the many complicated requirements of his academic course load. She also used these meetings to encourage him and congratulate him on his hard work and accomplishments. Eric does not like to “chat” but Laurie had a wonderful way of engaging him and getting him to share information and talk about his feelings. Also, having him complete visual checklists and questionnaires was a perfect strategy to get him to open up. Laurie is someone who “gets it” about individuals on the autism spectrum and her work with my son was invaluable towards his college success.

I also know Laurie as a co-worker at TEACCH and at the Autism Society of NC. She is extremely organized and always professional and it was an honor to be able to present with her multiple times at workshops and trainings. She has many years of experience working with adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum and her knowledge is extremely strong in the area of independent living skills and organizational academic support. I would highly recommend her to families.”


Ann Palmer

Parent, professional, author