Carlos was 10 years old and had never had a playdate. Then we joined SGT and all that changed. Not only does he now have friends and frequent social activities that he is part of (including attending his mentors Bar Mitzvah) but his social skills have taken off to new heights!
We finally found a place where he fits in. A place where he is not looked at differently. A true place where we can all smile, laugh, cry and share a hug! We keep enrolling him because he asks every year what the next play is at SGT and when does it start? For him to ask a question like that is wonderful! He talks about SGT all the time and tells anyone who will listen about all of the plays he’s been in and his characters!
For Kyle, SGT is about much more than acting. It’s about friendships and independence. As a parent, it is refreshing to have him be part of something he can be proud of doing all by himself. At birthday parties or school social events we have always been asked to help out.
When SGT had the social pizza party, Kyle was most pleased by participating in his first outing without us! He told therapists, teachers, relatives that he saw that he was going to a pizza party all by himself. This was his first social experience without one of his parents along. This independent spirit that SGT fosters within my son has increased his self esteem and it shows in every aspect of his development!
This is Kelly’s 8th season with SGT. She has been in the program since she was 4 years old and absolutely loves coming back year after year. SGT is a place that Kelly can express herself without judgment and a place she can perform and shine. I have seen growth in her confidence, and in her ability to memorize words to songs, learn dance numbers and focus and complete a task.
In her first few years, our only goal for her was that she stayed on stage the whole time. She used to go to the bathroom during the performance or would want to be with grandma in the audience. Now she is on stage awaiting the grand finale! She loves acting and also loves the whole process that it takes to get to the final performance. She really likes the social aspect of it too!