Kayla Allen and Abigail, her daughter, took part in the program during its first year. Allen said she noticed the transformation students underwent as they got comfortable with Abigail.
“The second she starts fussing or you can tell she doesn’t prefer a certain toy, they want to fix it. They want to help. It took everything to keep them off of the big, green blanket because they all wanted to play with her so much,” she said.