Diagnosis: Apert Syndrome
Serenity is 2 years old. She has Apert syndrome and many of the accompanying physical features: a soft palate, fused fingers and toes and skull malformations. She has no other health conditions. She is small for her age, weighing just 15 pounds. She is fed 6 times a day, but has difficulty gaining weight. She is walking and making progress in all aspects of her development. She plays with toys and scribbles on paper when given crayons. She enjoys interacting with other children. She can take her socks and shoes off independently and tries very hard to put her own bib on without assistance. She waves “hi” and “bye”. She eagerly enters into interactions with adults and seeks out their attention. During interactions with adults, she stares at their hands and puts her hands (which have fused fingers) next to theirs for comparison. She follows verbal directions and is beginning to make word approximations and to mimic sounds.
We have several additional photos of Serenity that show her fused fingers and various angles of her face/head.