Some spontaneous responses from parents to Joan Freeman

Prof Joan Freeman is extremely sorry to say that her practice is now closed.

"I am absolutely amazed at how you have gained such a deep understanding of our little boy in such a short amount of time! Everything that you have said is so accurate and provides such comprehensive and valuable information about how he thinks and functions. The information and recommendations that you have made will be invaluable in helping us to assist him not only in his future education but also in fulfilling his potential as a whole person. I really feel that your report has untangled all of the things that I had been trying to understand about him and it feels as though a light has been switched on. We now have lots of clear and helpful information to take forward with us."

"I am so lucky to have found you all those years ago and have sent a few friends with their children to you since - and I understand that you were, again, "effective."

"When I asked Lisa what she thought of you, she said, "she was perfect!"

"You have given us a great deal of comfort."

"I greatly appreciate the thoroughness and thoughtfulness you have taken with the report. It amazes me to read your report on my children. I can't tell you just how helpful it is to get such insight into their intellect and potential."

"Since she saw you, A. understands herself better, and happiness is back in our home. We are so happy seeing our little girl smiling and singing and playing with her sisters again."

"Such a thorough and interesting report - we certainly recognised our little boy in what you have written and are amazed at what you are able to glean through your testing."

"Since seeing you, Keith is a different child! I honestly cannot thank you enough; we have a happy family again!"

"We followed your recommendation and moved his school: a decision which has turned out to be absolutely spot-on."

"Thank you for your guidance which has been extremely helpful in regards to my son. I only wish I could repay you for your kindness."

"Thank you so much for your beautifully written and very prompt report on Carl. Having had a pretty dreadful term, I have to say I was very moved by your account of him ... and your understanding of the boy that we know and love at home."

"I thank you from the bottom of my heart."

"We are so glad that we finally had Martin assessed professionally. After a few years of not quite knowing what we were dealing with, we now feel more informed as to his abilities and potential and more equipped to support him in his ongoing learning and education."

"You entirely won his heart, by seeing him for what he is. Thank you, as a mother."

"I cannot thank you enough for the report which you have sent me so very promptly. On reading it, I wept with relief to know that I am right about my child, that I have always been right, and that the years of battling with educational professionals have not been without due cause. I feel vindicated, in so many ways."

"It was truly a pleasure to meet you."

"I have felt so totally cut off from conversations with other mothers about school, homework, and even general development. I hide toys and books before playdates so that others don't jump to the conclusion that I am a pushy mother. I have never had another adult outside my immediate family express clearly that Ellie is, for lack of a better word, gifted. I feel that I have gained a friend and adviser, and even if we are not in contact again you have given me an amazing gift which I thank you for with all my heart. I do not feel alone anymore and I really appreciate that."

"We are thrilled and relieved to read the contents of such a wonderful and complete assessment of Robert. It has given us such huge comfort that we were absolutely right to seek out your experience and expertise in evaluating him. Obviously, we are extremely pleased with his incredible results in the IQ test, but more importantly with the confirmation that he is a happy, well-adjusted and characterful 5-year-old."

"I don't know what you did to her, but after we left you she was just buzzing! While we were waiting for our lunch, she was doing anagrams, counting stripes on lamp shades in French and drew us a perfect picture of a 3D image of the inside of a cuboid she said she had done with you."

"Your guidance has been invaluable."

"We both find it extraordinary that you have the measure of Simon in every way in such a short time. Whilst this is not surprising since your expertise has been developed over a lifetime's work, it is still remarkable to witness and so it needs to be said: thank you for sharing your gifts."

"Thank you for your fabulous report on our son. It is so reassuring to have an opinion from such an expert. We found amazing that you can pick up so much in such a short space of time. Your report will be invaluable in having an objective assessment of max we can use when discussing aspects with teaching staff, and also with pertinent suggestions they can hopefully utilise. Also, we feel your suggestions will be invaluable in assuring that M. develops into not only an academically successful, but also a happy, secure and balanced young man. These are, after all, our ultimate aims. Many thanks again Professor Freeman."

"I really like your approach!"

"Your report on Henry was invaluable and both the headmaster and the head of Reception thought it "brilliant."

"At home, Fs temper tantrums have reduced in frequency and I understand the anger much better now. I am reading as much as I can about the needs of gifted children; you have given us a reliable base from which to launch F. towards teenage years and beyond with our fumbling and untrained parenting skills."

"Thank you for your help, it has made a huge wonderful difference to our sons life!"

"We wanted to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the wonderful report you sent through for Jamie. You have summarised our boy so magnificently and having shown the report to several family members they, like us, have been thrilled and deeply moved by your words. We are in awe that in two hours you have been able to capture something which so many teachers over the years have failed to spot. We feel much more able to support J. to reach his full potential with the facts and figures you have provided and for this we will be eternally grateful."

"I'm so glad that I followed my heart and brought her to meet you."

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