The other night we headed down to the Brain Balance Center in St. George one last time for Kimball and Anahí's graduation. We had a tender mercy in that my parents were able to make the trip down. They needed an excuse to bring down a piano that we inherited from them (that's another blog post waiting to happen), and it worked out that we were able to have the graduation night on the same night they came down.
I was always curious about what Brain Balance graduation would look like.
Well let me tell you.
We walked in, and there was the Center Director, Arlene, and some of Kimball and Anahí's coaches that have worked so hard with them over the past several months. They each went around the room expressing their appreciation for Kimball and Anahí. I loved it because they were very specific and sincere. When we have special needs kids, sometimes they don't get tons of recognition, and it was awesome to see how much these people (who know my kids really well by this point) genuinely care about my little munchkins. It was really sweet.
They finished the ceremony with a few simple gifts for Kimball and Anahí and then we took pictures and were done. Like I said, simple and very, very sweet.
So where do we go from here?
We are continuing to work on exercises at home, and transitioning from a very regimented program with a fixed set of isolated exercises to more integrated gross-motor play. I've got more to say about that, but I'm in a hurry right now, so this will have to do for today.
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