From: Katelyn Krum
To: Howard Stephenson, Steve Eliason, Mike Kennedy, Stuart Adams, Lyle Hillyard, Jani Iwamoto, Aaron Osmond, Daniel Thatcher, surguhart, Joel Briscoe, LaVar Christensen, Bruce Cutler, Becky Edwards, Justin Fawson, Francis Gibson, Brad Last, David Lifferth, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell, normanthurston, nthurston,
Subject: Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship
Date: Wed Feb 11 05:19:44 MST 2015
My son Jaxson is attending Northern Utah Autism Program.  This school and the staff has been an answer to prayer for not only my son but for our entire family. Before he started attending the school he had a word base of 30-40 words that we as his family could understand (as a 3 year old).  We struggled daily with behavrioual issues, and lack of communication.  There were days that both started and ended with me and him in tears.  It's truly heart breaking to have your child understand completely what he wants but not be able to communicate that need with the one person that should be able to know it.  Since starting at the program Jaxson's verbal communication skills have increased dramatically.  He is able to play with peers with less aggression and in more appropriate activities.  As a mother I have watched the light come back into my child's eyes.  I can't thank the staff as NUAP enough for the tools they have given to both Jaxson and our family.  Currently the  waitlist is at 80+ and they continue to get 1-2 new referrals a week. This year they had 15 students age out of the wait list because their was not enough funding.  Your support of the expansion of Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship will not only better lives but has the ability to change family dynamics.

Thank you for your time and support.
Katelyn Shaw