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From a Mom after her son had returned home after treatment at Bernalillo Academy

“Hi all, I wanted to update ya on how (my son) is doing. First of all, I hope you are all doing GREAT☺. (He) is doing an amazing job! I’m so proud of him and he has told me he’s proud of himself, which is wonderful to hear him say. He’s doing wonderfully in 3rd grade, getting really good grades and his teacher seems really pleased with his progress. In fact, on his most recent report card, she noted he’s “made great progress both academically and emotionally” and went on to say how he’s matured so much and now accepts responsibility for his actions. He’s got his moments of course, but he manages them amazingly well, and they are fleeting. He’s gained so much confidence and seems much more empowered. He has chores and gets an allowance; this helps him in his practicing to count coins (which he hasn’t bee fond of til now haha because he gets to keep the coins after). He says he ‘feels more like a grown up’ because he used some of his allowance to buy himself a Blizzard at Dairy Queen yesterday. ☺ He’s excelling at reading and is above grade level in that. He’s also calmed so significantly that he’s able to stay in class and he’s making great progress in his math, now doing multiplication and I’ve been working with him at home too, to reinforce what he does at school. I enrolled him in Tae Kwon Do for a few months and now he is interested in being on the school basketball or football team when he’s a bit older, so we’ve been practicing his throwing and catching, and he’s practicing his Touchdown dance…he’s FAST☺ The City parks and re here has lots of great programs and he’s done swimming with them in the past I plan to get him in again this upcoming summer. I’m getting him enrolled next week in a class where they teach the basics of the biggies: football, baseball, basketball and soccer so he’ll be more ready for a team later. I can see this increasing his confidence and coordination and helping him remember to keep his cool and channel frustration into something creative and fun. He’ll get to make new friends too. It’s so amazing to sit and talk with him. He’s so clear-minded and full of questions on everything. It’s awesome. Sorry to go on and on ☺ you all have touched our lives in one way or another so I like to update from time to time. I feel like each of you has contributed to his successes. Hope ya’ll don’t mind me sharing☺ Thanks sincerely to ALL of you for caring so much about (my son).”

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