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Harding (L)

HardingBoy, born Sept 2004
Russell-Silver syndrome, one way in born hip joint dislocation, hypermetropia-astigmatism.
intellectual delays, neurological disorder – outside and inside hydrocephalus.  He is in a wheel chair.

Listed: December 17, 2014

Comments from our Facilitator:  When they say that he does not understand and does not implement any instructions then I have a problem as it was totally different when I, and an adoptive family played with the ball with him. Harding was clearly showing his interest in the game, participated very well, expressed his joy and ability to throw the ball purposely to me or other person who invited him to do.

Meaningful sounds: yes he is not speaking, but when we played with him, and I was asking whether he wants me to „mesti“ ( give him a ball), after playing for about 15 minutes he started to say „met“ and would nod his head and smile and laugh.  So there is a lot of potential in him. He is in GOD‘s hands with his big HOPE for someone to really give him constant care and attention and not only to be fed and cleaned and sit .

Harding was always very interested when we were coming and he always wanted to be a part of our meetings with another child. He understood very clearly that something is going around in his group. He lives in a clean and nice environment, but definitely in an environment which does not provide any individual attention even when he goes for his classes. He likes them and is always happy as it is his time out of the daily environment he is in all the time.

Comments from a U.S. adoptive mom who met Harding while she was in country, Dec 2014:  It’s hard to convey just how loveable Harding is in person. He is very small, the size of a preschooler, and thin and he has the sweetest, sunniest smile. He is definitely a favorite of the caregivers and every time we were there we saw someone picking him up and cuddling or kissing him. And Harding just basked in this attention and affection! His gross motor skills are much better developed than his fine motor skills and he has great mobility in his wheelchair. He can crawl a bit and pull himself up on furniture. We played a throw-the-ball-to-the–person-across-the-circle-from-you game with several of the children and he LOVED it! He also caught on quickly to how the game was supposed to be played and did a good job throwing the ball. He likes bright toys and toys that light up or play music and he adores books, magazines and newspapers. Many times we would see Harding zipping by in his wheelchair to a comfortable corner where he would pour over the advertising section (full of bright pictures) from the newspaper. He is curious and friendly and seems to like being in the middle of whatever is going on. One day he was sitting on the couch with an older boy and Harding climbed all over the other boy, stroking his hair and pulling at his arms – a sort of toned-down version of the affectionate wrestling that my typical boys do whenever they sit together. Harding’s needs are many, he does not feed himself or do any self-care and the orphanage staff say that he does not speak, but he is a charming, engaging little boy and deserves a family who will adore him and help him to reach his full potential.

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