Brazos Valley Rehab Center - Daniel Kay

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

Coming to the Brazos Valley Rehab Center is nothing new for Daniel Kay. For three years we've brought you this 5-year-old's story and every year Daniel makes major progress.

"He keeps meeting all the goals faster than I can write them," said Mary Mayer, Daniel's therapist.

For years, Mary has been trying to get the autistic boy used to eating. It was something he couldn't do on his own but that all changed this past Christmas.

"He finally, finally started eating food, in fact it was our Christmas miracle. Christmas Eve he decided he wanted to try everything. Tamales, beans, cornbread, anything that was offered and it continued from there," said Daniel's mother Bonnie Kay.

And that's not all. In the past three years, Daniel's development has astonished his mother.

"He's just greatly, greatly improved. He had been over 20 months behind developmentally and now he's about six to eight months behind. So he's really closed the gap and it's just amazing seeing what changes he's made," said Kay.

Things are going so well for Daniel, his visits to the rehab center are less frequent.

"When we first started, we were coming five days a week, because his need were that high. Then we were down to three, then down to two for a long time. And now we're down to once a week. He wishes it was more, " joked Kay.

And the friendly little boy ends every visit by stopping by each and every office at the center to say goodbye.

"Everybody loves him and he loves everybody. He has to go check on everybody, check on everything," said Mayer.

"Every office we walk past, they always greet Daniel. He greets everybody. It's just a wonderful environment up here," said Kay.

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