Parent Email

Former Nest parent, Therese B, sent the following email to Project Director, Dorothy Siegel, in November, 2015. She updated Dorothy and the rest of the ASD Nest Support Team on how her son has been doing since moving out of state: 

Hi Dorothy,
I hope this email finds you well! We have been up in NH for about a year and a half now, and I just wanted to write you and let you know how Ryan is faring in high school. He is a sophomore this year, and has adjusted to life in a small school. Last year was a little rough socially, as he struggled to make the right friends and fit in. But this year he has found a small group of boys and girls that he really likes, and he is actually enjoying school. He is even dating a cheerleader (who is also on the Spectrum!). His grades have been quite good; he's made Honors every semester except one and is in all Advanced classes. He wants to be a doctor, and the high school has a great Health/Sciences Career Tech program that he is involved in. He even did a summer Health Camp, where he learned about the medical profession and visited hospitals, nursing homes, and EMT's. He still has a few tough days, but they are fewer and farther in between. He runs for the Cross-country team, and went from finishing last in just about every race to beating 10-20 kids each race. I am so proud of him and so hopeful for the future.
I just wanted to thank you again for all that you have done for the ASD kids. I don't know where Ryan would be without the support of the Nest program. It really laid such a great foundation for him to succeed academically.  Ryan no longer has an IEP, although he does have a 504 plan. I continue to educate the teachers as best I can about Asperger's, and most of them are very receptive. They all agree they need more training, as there are quite a few students in the school who are on the spectrum. Most of his teachers have been very understanding and willing to work with me, which is encouraging.
I hope all is going well with the Nest program in NYC and with you. Thank you again for all that you have done and continue to do! The world needs more Dorothy Siegels.
All the best,
Terry B.