Girl, Born November 2009
Down syndrome; her heart has an open oval window without hemodynamic disorders. There has been no need for monitoring or treatment by a cardiologist.
Laura receives physical and speech therapy. Laura’s caregivers report that she is a sweet and joyful girl who likes playing with toys, listening and moving to music, and spending time with other children. She is active and affectionate and it’s easy to make her laugh. Laura is currently non-verbal, but follows simple instructions and responds to her name. Laura lives in a great bilingual orphanage where she is exposed to the English language and receives wonderful care and attention.
Updates July 2, 2012 & September 30, 2012: Laura responds when she hears her name by looking or turning her head and smiles. She can give you a small item if asked. She is not eating by herself yet, but can put food in her mouth. She is not speaking or walking yet but is progressing little by little. She is described as playful and you can easily make her laugh. She likes to sit and take everything in around her.
Updates February & March 2013: Our agency staff representative visited Laura in February and March and our Executive Director visited Laura in February. They provided the following update: Laura is healthy and joyful as usual. She is very active and affectionate. She can entertain herself but likes attention very much. She does not walk yet, but is able to climb up the couch or on the chair or back to the floor. She does not say any words yet. She enjoys listening to music, rocks back and forth to the beat. She has a good appetite! Laura has a best friend in her orphanage and likes to play on her own or with him most of the time. Laura is in a bilingual orphanage, one of which is English, so she is used to hearing English and her native language. We have updated photos available upon request!
Update July 2014: Laura can now stand up without assistance and walk when held by the hands. She is a very quick crawler and using this skill to get everywhere. Laura feeds herself and understands instructions both in her native language and English.
From a family who met Laura in March 2015: Laura is so sweet. The first day we saw her, she was engaging in imaginative play and diligently caring for her baby doll and feeding herself and baby pretend food. Laura also likes music and dancing. The caregivers were playing a children’s music video that she found quite engaging. She is affectionate and sat cuddled in my lap for a time. Laura has been curious about us as we’ve been visiting our daughter.
Update May 2015: Laura can walk independently now. She appears to understand most of what is said to her, even though she doesn’t speak much. She loves attention and often seeks it out.
From a family who met her in August 2015: Laura plays alone often, but got so excited for piggy back rides with us. She giggled so much when I swayed and danced with her, loves to be tickled, and really loves to dance. She doesn’t speak, but does make her wishes known. She is in process of being potty trained. Laura definitely responds to familiar people; after visiting every day for a week, she walked up to me and hugged me. She really loves bubbles and playing on the keyboard.
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