When Callie began attending Small Miracles in 2004, she had difficulty with hand-eye coordination, walking and getting on anything that moved as her “save” reflex was not developed. Callie was born with a chromosomal defect leaving her with mild developmental delay such as speech and word processing issues, some physical “glitches” and obsessive-compulsiveness.

However, Callie loved big animals, so she was willing to take a risk by getting on a horse. Through specifically designed equine-assisted activities and therapies, Callie has now overcome many of her difficulties.

Just as important as the physical accomplishments Small Miracles has provided for Callie are the cognitive and social skills she has developed. She is better able to follow instructions, complete tasks and take pride in her work. She has a sense of responsibility and self-worth.

Tony’s foundation grant supports our Therapeutic Horseback Riding program, combined with the HOPE Connection & Friends program. Children and young adults participating in the programs develop a sense of belonging, sensory integration, fine and gross motor skills along with core strength and development. These programs absolutely work to give joy and fundamental life skills to students like Callie.

At Small Miracles, Callie has instructors, mentors and most of all friends who make her feel safe, loved, accepted and important. In a world all about what kids like Callie cannot do, Small Miracles is the place all about what these special kids CAN do.

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