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Special Needs for Special People Programs/Packages

"Sometimes we bring to a struggle or cause the gifts we see most clearly, a courage, a strength, or a charm others have told us we have. But often we find more is asked of us than that, more than we intended or thought we possessed. We are asked to offer that which we thought dearest, to forgive what seemed unpardonable, to face what we feared the most and endure it. Sometimes we have to travel to the last step a path that was not of our own choosing. But I promise you this … it will lead to a greater joy in the end. The difficulty is that the end is beyond our sight, it is a matter of faith, not of knowledge."

- Anne Perry, A Christmas Visitor

Program Description:

Sometimes life requires much of us and we can easily find ourselves overwhelmed, marking time, or just treading water.  Perhaps the traditional resources or avenues for help have fallen short, because you or your loved one, “just doesn’t fit”…again.  You or someone you care about could be one of many swimming in the unique waters of Special People and  Special Needs.

Merrily Bjerkestrand’s  varied and combined experience as an etiquette consultant, Special Education teacher, coach, mentor, and parent, qualifies her to be a unique resource for help and support.  Over twenty years of experience in each of these areas have given her a diverse set of strategies and tools to help those who find themselves struggling against the current or tide of “typical” solutions most commonly available.  Her knowledge, familiarity, and comfort level with those identified with special needs and impairments create an ease of conversation and dialogue regarding options and possibilities.   She can also just listen.

While Ms. Bjerkestrand is not qualified and does not diagnose psychological or handicapping conditions, she remains an avenue of support and expertise in dealing with individual uniquenesses:

  • Her knowledge, familiarity, and comfort level with those identified with special needs and impairments, those undiagnosed but suspicious, or those just awkward, create an ease of conversation and dialogue regarding options and possibilities.
  • Her heart of acceptance, compassion, and service give her a willingness to listen, try, and explore options that lead to client confidence and authenticity.
  • Attaining the skills and strategies that support living a life beyond the waterline, the one that separates who we are from who we want to be, is the goal of this program.

This program is offered through a consultation or coaching format via Skype or conference call.
Available by arrangement to individuals, caregivers (or tired care-needers), teachers, groups, or businesses.

If you are interested in this service please complete the contact form on this page.  Include  a comment on your particular needs or interests.  We will also add you to our email list for future updates on new or interesting information and opportunities for continued growth.

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Populations that would benefit most from these services include:

  • Asberger’s
  • ADHD
  • Social Skills
  • Life Skills
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Social Anxiety
  • Gifted/Talented

Populations that would benefit most from these services include:

  • Shy
  • Introverted
  • Socially Anxious or Awkward
  • Those with PTSD
  • Military Personnel
  • New to USA
  • Gifted/Talented


"Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes…the ones who see things differently--they’re not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things--they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."

- Steve Jobs

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Merrily MjerkestrandMs. Merrily Bjerkestrand was trained and certified as an etiquette consultant through the Protocol School of Washington in Washington, DC. Ms. Bjerkestrand applied the knowledge and standards of excellence acquired from this training, blended her expertise as a consultant with her experience in teaching and coaching, to develop new, unique and powerful programs. These relevant and up-to-date programs are presented to executives, athletes, businesses, students, and universities around the Northwest

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