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January 18, 2019

Kyle Otte takes next step at California rehab facility

Editor's Note: Kyle Otte was 17 years-old, heading into his senior year at Randolph High School, when he was injured on July 4, 2010. He fell off the running board of a Jeep while heading to a bonfire after watching fireworks near the family's Lake Byllesby area home. He suffered a traumatic brain injury in the fall and has been recovering from the accident since with the assistance of his parents, Mark and Janet Otte, and siblings Keevn, 27, Ashley, 25, and Amanda, 19. He has had to regain or relearn skills to sit, stand, walk, eat, and talk. Mark provides us here with an update on Kyle and invites friends to keep in touch with Kyle.

by Mark Otte

So, the journey with Kyle's brain injury continues.

In July, it will be three years since his accident. He has come a long way since then, but is still dependent on us to take care of him. He can't speak well, he has poor initiation (the ability to begin a series of behaviors directed toward a goal), and a very short attention span. Short term memory is very poor.

The Kyle we all know is still very much in him, but we just can't get any further along in recovery.

He was no longer accepted at rehabilitation facilities in Minnesota because he just wasn't making progress. He was still going to Randolph High School through this Spring, which was great for him as he got out of the house and was involved in activities.

We continuously researched brain injury and have found a great place for Kyle to try to get further in his recovery. It's called Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS). The bad news is it's in Bakersfield, California.

Kyle started there on May 6, 2013. Monday through Friday, he gets six hours a day of repetitive intense therapy covering physical, occupational, speech and also some education. When he is done there, he is bused back to their apartments where they continue daily living skills.

He goes on plenty of outings like movies, grocery shopping, malls, and restaurants. I think he will get out more than Janet and me.

We will return to California in two weeks when all his testing is complete. At that time, we will talk more about his stay at CNS. We have been told that he will make progress. We are expecting it to be a a four to six month stay at CNS.

CNS just does brain injuries and has been there for 30 years. The facility Kyle is at is brand new. It is really nice with a very organized staff.

If anyone would like to write or send him something, his address is Centre Village Apartments, Apt. 321, 2500 Gosford Road, Bakersfield, CA, 93306. The phone number is 661-836-2500. For FaceTime, call and someone there will get Kyle hooked up. Remember they are two hours behind us. Kyle is usually in the room after 8 p.m. We will try to keep him Facebooking. Kyle's cell phone is 507-302-8405.

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