Tanner was transferred to a group home in 2014. He is very small for his age and has delays in all aspects of his development. While he has an official diagnosis of deafness, he does respond to some sounds, so it is thought that he has some degree of hearing loss, but that he is not completely deaf. He does not have any speech, but he does respond to some basic commands and also to hand gestures. It is possible that many of his delays could be compensated for once his hearing issues are addressed.
Tanner attends a school for children with special needs. He doesn’t have problems following the rules in class and at school. He is calm and usually smiling. He is the favorite of the children at school. He is not aggressive and doesn’t get irritated by the other children. His expressive speech is not developed. He carries out simple commands – “stop”, “sit down”, “give me”, and “take”. He knows his place in the classroom – he has a favorite spot in each classroom. He is oriented in the rooms and partially in the school building. He opens and closes the closets. He can lock and unlock the doors of the closets if the key is put in. He tries to put in the key (rarely manages) and is happy if he succeeds. He likes to look at books with pictures. He has a favorite book in each classroom, picks it up and manipulates with it. He observes the other children while they work. He shows interest in pictures of animals. He works with desire in the classes for physical education.
Photos and videos from December 2014 are available through the agency.