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Justice masters the skills needed to play

  • Justice is a spunky 11-year-old who refuses to sit on the sidelines, despite Prader Willi Syndrome. This painful disability impacts her strength, balance and coordination.

    Instead, she shows up every week at Courage Kenny Kids in Coon Rapids with a big smile on her face. She is ready to work – no matter how hard or challenging the task might be. Determined to take part in school activities to the best of her ability, Justice asks to work on specific activities in therapy.

    Other children in therapy are inspired by her determination to master new skills and her classmates learn that a child shouldn’t be defined by her disability, but by her accomplishments.
    Justice really wanted to roller skate with her classmates, but her therapists thought it might be too challenging. The very next week, she showed her therapists a video of herself roller skating at school with help. Within weeks, she was skating by herself.

    Vocal communication has been challenging for her, but when surgeries to correct her voice and speech were not as successful as hoped, Justice didn’t let it get her down. She worked hard in speech therapy until she mastered her goals.

    It took a couple years to learn to ride a bike for example. But, Justice’s persistence helped her build her core and work on her coordination skills. At first it was very difficult for her to stay upright without support. But, within a month after joining the bike group at Courage Kenny Kids, she was riding a two-wheeler independently. She is also very close to mastering the jump rope and will soon be back in pool therapy – an activity that she loves! Justice also recently participated in horseback riding through Special Olympics.

    Justice is the most mature, loving, kind, motivated and sweet girl,” said Erin Vesey, physical therapist. “She has served as inspiration to Courage Kenny Kids clients and staff alike.”

  • Justice riding her bike