Today was the first day of our second week at Kaizora. It’s AMAZING how much stuff we’ve gotten done in just one week’s time. Even though it’s already been said a thousand times, I’ll say it again, for the cheap seats: the staff at Kaizora are wonderful and incredibly talented. It is an incredible blessing just to watch how good they are with the kids, how quickly they learn, and how much passion they have for their jobs. Even if we didn’t accomplish anything else while we were here, I can say that we would all benefit just from watching their incredible talent.

Luckily for them, though, I think I can say that we HAVE successfully accomplished things while being here, so that’s exciting. 🙂 This trip is structured a little differently than most, because the kids are currently on “fall break”, meaning that we get four whole days of extra training with the staff while the kids are out. This is actually a great set up for us, because we were able to spend the first few days observing the kids and bonding with the staff, and then spend time planning the next steps for the kids.

So today was our third full day of training, and we’ve been working on all the kids programs. By the time we leave here, ALL of the kids will have at least one new program to work on, which is awesome. We’ve also been able to do some really great problem solving for some of the kiddos with problem behaviors. However, the highlight of the trip has been the personal relationships we’ve formed with the staff. Being with them all day without kids is a great way for us to get a lot done and get to know each other. I can truly say that I’m going to be really sad when it’s time to leave!! I am so grateful for such an amazing team and an amazing staff- it makes for a magical two weeks!!

Emily Boshkoff-Johnson, Research and Training Coordinator


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