When our professional peers think of educational and therapeutic consultants who really understand international and expat families, they usually think of RNG International. We understand the complexity of working with struggling teens and young adults outside of the United States and have vast experience in how these issues are handled in different cultures, languages, and countries. Both Rebecca and Michelle have worked overseas, and Rebecca has also worked at the U.S. Department of State in close coordination with other support offices on very complicated and acute cases around the world.
Obtaining a proper evaluation, such as a neuropsychological or psycho-educational evaluation, is critical to accurately identifying underlying issues, whether they are learning disabilities, mental health issues, substance use, or behavioral issues. These evaluations, in turn, are key to making a proper placement. Fortunately we have a referral network of professionals around the world and throughout the United States to which we have established relationships. Sometimes we are called upon to manage a crisis, or sometimes we have months of lead-time. But we can guide a family calmly through the next steps with confidence.
Additionally, working with families around the world means we can work across time zones, over Skype or FaceTime, and help families with logistics. When necessary, we also bring in translators to help facilitate communication. Note that when working on a therapeutic placement for non-US citizens or permanent residents, we must pay special attention to visa issues when making decisions. The process is very different and has additional considerations when working with this population.
Therapeutic placements can present additional cultural challenges as well. Not only is language occasionally a barrier, but extra sensitivity is needed when working with families from diverse backgrounds.
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To Mrs. Grappo Thank you so much. It’s hard to understand how a person I have never met has saved my life, but that is certainly what you have done. If I had not gone to this school, my life would have been so much darker and dreadful. But you were able to open the…”
I know I have already thanked you before for everything you did to assist us, but I wanted to share this with you since I suppose it can never hurt to be told more than once that you make a difference in people’s lives.”
One more thing before I control the flood of words here. You are amazing. You’re so much more than I could ever have hoped for. I think you have a gift for this work and I’m so thankful we get to share in it.”
A young man, 18, was admitted into a very selective and competitive college. However, having just been diagnosed with ADD, he was overwhelmed with all the independence, lack of structure, freedom, and new responsibilities. By the end of first term, he was nearing failure. It was imperative to get him in touch with student counseling…”
A fifteen year old male student was extremely bright, but also had major struggles with ADD, depression, and behavior issues at school, resulting in numerous suspensions. The relationship at home was fraught with conflict and the family was at the breaking point. He was belligerent about the thought of going to boarding school, and opposed…”
A young man, 15, started looking for a boarding school for his junior and senior years. He had everything going for him – stellar resume, grades, sports, and personality. The conversation focused on just how much academic pressure he was willing to take on. He was adamant he wanted to push himself, and was given…”
A young woman of 17 moved to a remote location for what would have been her senior year of high school. She had never lived overseas before, and her school only offered the International Baccalaureate program. Therefore, she was put back a year to start the IB curriculum. She was miserable, and things finally reached…”
A family with a son who had significant development delays contacted me regarding life as an internationally mobile family and wondered about embarking on such a lifestyle. We spent hours of counseling up front while they were still in their home environments, and the family prepared to homeschool their son, knowing few schools overseas would…”
A family with two employed parents was suddenly separated by an evacuation, leaving them with some important decisions to make quickly regarding the children’s education. The older daughter remained in her boarding school and became the school’s star student; the younger one remained with mom and came back to the U.S. The father remained overseas…”
A sixteen year old girl came to me feeling very depressed and uninspired by school. Her mother was extremely concerned by her lack of engagement. This girl was extremely bright but did not do well in a traditional setting. Her mother said her creative side needed to be encouraged in order to get her engaged…”
I wanted to tell you I spent last weekend in Arizona having a reunion of friends from Beijing days 20 years ago…..and guess who was there…a dear friend…..I said, you don’t happen to know Becky Grappo and her words, exactly, “She saved my life!!!!” I thought you would like to know that….she is in fine…”
Speaking of professionals, please accept my sincere gratitude for your brilliant work. This all really started happening after you challenged our son to give you something concrete to work with. Your strategy was perfectly planned and executed. Good Show!”
I just wanted to thank you for getting me through the most painful and difficult thing I have ever had to do. I know that there is a lot of work to be done but I feel we are finally on the right track. I know that you put a lot of effort into helping…”
My husband and I cannot thank you enough for coming through for our son, when he needed someone like yourself to come for his rescue. Our son is a changed young man – full of confidence and joys of life. It is simply wonderful to see him doing so well and it is all thanks to you.”
My son is doing incredible!! I cannot believe the difference in him. He still has a way to go, but he even knows it and he is just so open and honest with us and himself. I am proud of him. Thank God for all of you that help us realize that we and our kids…”
I will take this opportunity to thank you for all your assistance and support over the last few months. This period could have been most stressful but was not due to your support, cool guidance and highly professional approach.”
I have seen a lot of maturity and sense of responsibility in him. No matter how much I miss him not having him home with the family, both his father and I realize that sending him to boarding school was the best things that we have done for him. The staff is wonderful at his…”
I don’t think I have adequately thanked you for the superb work you did for us this past year. We went from being nowhere, to getting our son into some excellent, superb schools. You should be so proud of what you do, because it’s clearly an art. No rules, but a lot of gut feelings….”
You have already helped him, by giving him hope that his unique voice can be heard and celebrated. Thank you so much for that gift!”
I wanted to thank you for your helpful emails and staying in contact with me even now that I’m in college. I wanted to at least give you a quick reply and let you know that I’m loving it here at my college and feel like it is the perfect place for me. More than anything,…”
I would like to thank you personally for everything you’ve done for our son, actually for both my children. My husband and I were have been suffering (not so silently) for the past month with our son and his essays, or their non-existence. Even though we felt he had good chances of getting in, one…”
I just want to make the point of thanking you formally for all the great work that you did with our son this last year! It was wonderful and so reassuring to know that you were there with him throughout the whole process of university applications. We all know it can be stressful for most and…”
I just wanted to let you know I could not do any of this without you, and I am so thankful for someone that cared enough to help me become successful.”
I gotta say I couldn’t have done it without you.”