I want to write and reiterate my gratitude for the work that you two did with Nate during March Break. That very first afternoon, Nate struggled with fear of the unknown and yelled in protest. For several minutes I tried to calm him, after awhile of him in distress I told him that we could go home and forget about the program. For some reason, Nate balked at the suggestion of not going and leaving the building. A few minutes later as we were nearing the exit, along came Silvina and you simply asked for his hand and he took it. That was all he needed, an open gesture of warmth and welcome.
As a mother to a child with special needs, that simple gesture of welcome is rarely witnessed. Besides swimming and skating, Nate has never had success attending programs. Any program which he has done willingly is because someone literally and figuratively extended an open hand. Thank you.
Nate worked with his Occupational Therapist today. When we were readying to leave, she exclaimed "What happened to Nate over March Break?" She went on to say how much happier and confident he appeared. She also said he was even walking taller and prouder. I told her about Nate's week at Purple Carrots. As an educator, I believe in the gift of art and its universal power to evoke understanding regardless of one's language or ability. It is the power of communication and most importantly the power of being heard.
Tonight, I asked Nate what he liked best about Purple Carrots. He said "I feel happy because they make me feel important and smart". You gave him the opportunity to show and celebrate the incredible person that he is, sadly at school his differences are not valued and only seen as a hinderance. You heard his voice and unlocked my magical little boy.
I normally have quite understated opinions and rarely voice my thoughts about programs. Yet, I feel compelled to ensure you understand the outstanding impact that you made in 5 afternoons with Nate.