Boy, 5 years old
hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, symptomatic epilepsy (no seizures and medication since Jan 2011), latent infantile cerebral palsy and mild mental delay.
He walks independently; his gait is stable, although characterized by some CP features. He gradually improves his coordination and movements.
He eats well independently. He drinks from a cup with a little help by an adult. He uses the potty purposefully but he does not control his physiological needs yet, although he has developed notions about them. The boy takes off his shoes, socks and trousers by himself. He enjoys helping with household chores: cleaning the table, putting the toys back on their places, arranging objects and throwing garbage at the respective places
He seeks getting attention and interactions with familiar adults and he easily establishes contact with strangers as well. He prefers interacting with adults but he also joins some of the joint activities with the children from his group- he watches them and tries to do what they do. He follows various instructions very well, even such that have been addressed to another child. He can easily be persuaded with words.
The child has slightly delayed development. He shows good results from the physical therapy and pedagogical rehabilitation. The staff at the orphanage reports that this boy has very good potential for further development if raised in a family environment.
Update July 2014
The boy is very sociable and extremely responsive to interactions. He maintains very stable eye contact, listens intently to what he is told, responds adequately, smiles back at people, initiates interactions and comes up with his own ideas about what to do.
He is very independent and often refused help during my visit and preferred to try harder and do things by himself.
He has such a good attention span for a child his age and he obviously greatly enjoys being involved in educational activities.
As reported by the orphanage psychologist, he is striving for perfection and would not stop performing a given task until everything is in order and in the right place. He would not proceed to a next task before putting the things from the previous one back where they belong and he would not leave a room before closing its door. He is quite sharp and does not need instructions to be repeated to him. He is eager to please and get adults’ approval and praise. He is not embarrassed to seek an adult’s help when needed.
It is very easy to communicate with him, despite his unclear pronunciation. He has a lot to share and does whatever it takes to make himself understood and make his wishes known. Seeing how he is doing in an orphanage environment, he would undoubtedly just flourish in a family.
Because we only have this child’s file for a short time, he will not be able to receive donations until a family is found for him.