Girl, born Sept 2010
Carol loves sitting and rocking on her hobby horse! She is enjoys listening to music and rocking on her horse. She can sit on the bed steadily and can stand with hands holding onto the bed rails. Sometimes when she sees other children take her favorite toy she will try and take it back.
Update Aug 2013:
Every day starting at 9:00 teachers of special education will take her and other children to the class room to do physical exercise and play. She receives special education in the institute. No other training/therapy. She walks pretty well but cannot speak, except for making some “yee-yah” voices. She will cooperate when a caregiver brushes her teeth. Her teeth are very healthy.
She can eat solid foods. She needs her caregiver’s help when the food contains bones or too hard to break. She needs to be fed by a caregiver. She is close to her caregivers.
Update Spring 2014:
Carol can use body language or expression to express her needs. sometimes she will say “ayi”. Sometimes she can answer simple questions, like “Carol, do you need potty?” and she will answer”No” Carol responds to her name and understands what you say. She likes to play with and gets along well with the other kids most of the time. She can get upset if others grab her toys or ignore her. Compared to other kids her age with Down Syndrome, Carol is said to be more skillful and obedient. She does not wear a diaper during the day, but needs to be taken to the toilet on a regular schedule. She still needs a diaper at night. Carol loves to get attention for her caregivers and loves to play with toy cars and blocks.