"We are going to focus on LIFE for Katya. I believe, one day, she will amaze the world."

Dr. Ben Carson on Katya Dueck

Monday, September 9, 2013

Support Group Meeting and School Update

Yesterday afternoon we joined a local support group outing for families with special needs. It was held at a greenhouse that we had taken Katya to another year, so it was not a completely strange place to her. She clearly recognized the place, and recognized many of the kids and their families who were there, so it ended up being a pretty good evening for her. And of course, when it's good for Katya, it's good for us!

Great was our excitement when only mere minutes after arrival, Katya walked up to a goat and petted it through the fence!

Whoa! what a pleasant surprise!!! We have waited so long for this! And then it just happened!

Katya also greatly enjoyed rolling this piece of pipe around, with or without someone in it!

She was happy to roll the pipe alone or with a buddy.

The corn bin was a big hit with Katya--and I think all the kids, honestly.

But Katya was happy enough to join us for an expedition into the corn maze.

It was so sweet to see how happily she marched through, only occasionally glancing back over her shoulder to make sure we were coming.

Katya topped off the evening by picking up a pumpkin with **one** hand  . . . we were so stinking proud of her!!

What a strong girl she is becoming!

Notes from school today were so encouraging, especially one from her OT: "Katya did VERY well today. She has progressed SO much over summer break. Go Katya! I enjoyed working with her aide! [Katya] completed a 24 piece puzzle independently. We may have to write new goals for her!"   YAY Katya!!!


Astrin Ymris said...

It was nice to read the good update on Katya. I very much needed something to cheer me up.

The reason I needed cheering up is this:


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just me said...

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