When Allison started at CFNC, she was terrified. She had never been inside a classroom setting, and cried hysterically when leaving mom’s side each morning. Her anxiety kept her from talking in class and making friends. Sometimes school made her so nervous, she would get sick. Allison’s teachers, social worker, family, and outside resources worked together to get Allison the support that she needed. With specific strategies in place just for her, Allison slowly opened up. In November, Allison stuck close to her teacher’s side, and rarely participated in class. By April, Allison could be found playing dress up with her bubbly friend Emily, raising her hand to answer questions, and laughing on the playground.