When we started NWSRA it opened a whole new world to them. They felt like there were others they could relate to. During the first week of Summer Day Camp, we noticed the change. In the past we have always had the screaming, crying, throwing themselves on the ground type of experiences in anything we did with the kids. After the first week, we all were walking into camp and Wayde saw one of his favorite counselors, Ms. Katie. Wayde literally went running to see Ms. Katie and began hugging her. Brandon and I just stood there in the hallway in amazement. In that same week, Olivia did the same thing. She went into camp, gave kisses and let us go without any tears, no leg hugging and was often times sad when camp ended.
From the trips, to learning independence, the transformation was simply amazing. Something so simple as taking them to the grocery, to the car wash, to visit family during my father’s funeral, I can honestly say NWSRA played a major part in how our lives have run smoother.