NIA Parent and
Licensed Professional Counselor

Chasity Phillips

“My daughter feels safe again. She has been at NIA for over a year now and she is so happy. No more psychiatry or counseling appointments, no more antidepressants, or antianxiety medication. My daughter feels ‘safe’ at NIA. Her teachers really know her, they support her, and she is able to truly learn, grow and thrive in her environment.”

NIA Parent and
Public School Elementary Teacher

Emily Martin

“CJ’s handwriting has improved drastically and I’ve see a huge difference in his vocabulary and literacy skills. From a social / emotional standpoint, I’ve noticed that he is much more caring than before. Especially with his family.”
Mother of a 3rd grade NIA student
“His life has improved greatly. He has friends now. Equally important, his reading and math skills have improved immensely. My husband and I are delighted with his progress in such a short period of time.”

Mother of NIA student

Patricia McGowen

“I thought I might take a quick moment out to share my son Sean-Rileys and my experience with this school. Sean was 11 and in public school. This frustrating experience worsened when we moved to Raleigh. I quickly realized that there were far to many limitations on the public education system for it to be helpful for Seans future. As wonderful as his teachers were, there was just no way for him to get the assistance he needed. His class on algebra and him struggling with double digit subtraction. Every year he fell further behind. This alone caused him to become anxious and more withdrawn. He hated school and I felt helpless. Daily morning arguments …meltdowns….him refusing to go to school. We did psychologist, psychiatrists, therepist, pediatricians….which all led to issues with attendance. And a school system that doesn’t seem to care about appointments. All which led to questions of do I send him ? Or do we get him the therapy he needs? And what a complete panick attack for me when Sean got sick. How can I keep him out of school for sickness with all his other appointments? I felt sick…dizzy…anxious….just trying to figure it all out for Sean. And as hard as it was on me I knew it was harder on him. He won’t put toothbrushs in his mouth. Won’t eat most food as he will not tolerate the feeling in his mouth. Dentist has already said they will have to put him out at the hospital if he gets a cavity. All these issues and far too many others to list…beyond his actual education. It occurred to me that I won’t be here forever to help my son. Will he ever be able to live on his own? I realized with public education not geared to help autistic kids…and many educators not fully understanding his and my struggles, the answer wasn’t looking promising. I felt ready to break down when Sean-Rileys therepist told me about this amazing school that he felt would be a game changer. It would be a long drive for us. Raleigh to Goldsboro. With traffic, one hour fifteen minute drive to school. One hour fifteen minute ride home. Would it be worth it? You Bet !!! The second day of school he walked out smiling. Yes….smiling. I asked him how was your day? He said..”fine”. What????? Was I hearing correctly??? Not one day of school in his 11 years did he say fine.

It was always…” Im not going back…I hate school. ” Homework is not often. So no two hour headaches trying to get a child who is already stressed and anxious over school to get through more school work. He is making friends. He has some therepy come to the school to work with him. And Dr. Appointments aren’t much of an issue. He is able to do school work from home. I am so grateful for this school. I am grateful for the teachers and staff. Im not saying Sean-Riley loves school. But he tolerates it with much less anxiety. Which translates to much less stress on our family. The drive is worth it !! It is a small price to pay for the hope and help this school has offered us. So if you are a family on the fence about whether to try this route for your child….all I can say is I am so glad we did ❤ .

Patricia McGowen”


The charts presented here are temporary, and have been borrowed from The Interactive Autism Network website.