Lisa from San Diego
Connections Academy parent since 2009
Student in grade 8
Lisa's son, who started with Wyoming Connections Academy in 2011, is now a student at Capistrano Connections Academy, as he and his family had relocated to Southern California. Since starting Connections Academy, Lisa’s son has experienced a complete turnabout, turning anxiety into well-rounded success.
As our son came into the school-age years, he received assistance through the Special Education Program for the sensory-integration problems he had from being a premature baby. With this help he developed skills, but his anxiety was still there.
When we moved to Wyoming, his anxiety increased and the assistance decreased. I had been studying up on homeschooling, but I was afraid to be responsible for his future on my own. I ventured into extracurricular educational activities on the computer, and found these to be fun for him. The more I talked to different parents about homeschooling and my concerns about my son’s anxiety, the more I knew I needed to find a solution.
When I discovered Wyoming Connections Academy, I jumped on the chance. Enrolling him has been the best decision. His anxiety is manageable; he enjoys his outside social clubs like 4-H and scouting; and he even has friends now. He has done a complete turnabout from his previous resistance to talk to people, and he even initiates conversations now. Many parents who knew him before he started Connections Academy ask what we have done to help him be such a happy, well-rounded young man. We tell them that we put him in a virtual school that works with us and with Alexander’s needs.
He participates in the virtual LiveLesson® sessions every other week and participates in the chat room with the other students. Connections Academy teachers teach with many different styles. An example is when his teacher assured him that she understood his anxiety about speaking: She would talk, give him an assignment of “tell me what this word means and email it to me,” then respond back with high praise for his abilities. Baby steps, challenges, try another way, work together as a team for my child’s success. That’s what Connections Academy has done for our family.