Eden was born in June 2007 and has been diagnosed with kyphoscoliosis with rotation and lordosis of the fourth degree. The position of some of her internal organs deviates slightly from the norm and some of her organs are a little smaller than typical because of her skeletal differences. However, her major organs appear to be healthy and working according to their function.
Eden’s gross motor development is impaired due to her scoliosis, but she does walk and run independently. Her cognitive development is said to be age appropriate. She speaks in complete sentences, recites poetry and loves to sing songs.
Eden would benefit greatly from proper medical treatment and therapies under the loving wings of a dedicated forever family.
From a family who met Eden in May 2014: Eden was our daughter’s best friend at the orphanage. Both girls loved to play together and share their things. While we had our daily visits with our daughter, we were told Eden missed her in the group. She welcomed her back with a hug every time and told her, “My dear girl, my best girl, I miss you.”
Eden is a very sweet child who lights up a room. Her ability to walk unassisted impressed us tremendously. She also appears to be fully potty-trained and her self-help skills are age appropriate. Eden makes conversation and understands what is happening in her environment. This lovely girl would bring so much joy to a family and we believe her medical condition could be improved through treatments and therapies in the United States.
Update October 2014: Eden has been moved to an older child orphanage. Her caretakers are pleased with her and describe her as a very smart girl.
From a family who met Eden in May 2015:
Eden is a spirited girl who appears to be very happy most of the time. Physically, Eden is able to get around well, despite her disability. She can go up and down stairs, do all her own self-care (so I heard/did not observe). On the playground, I saw her run, climb up stairs, crawl through a tunnel and go down a slide.
She is very tiny, about the size of a 2-3 year old and about 25 lbs when I met her. But, the orphanage doctor says she hasn’t had any heart issues, or respiratory problems and no hospitalizations. She is fully toilet trained (again, what I was told). Her fine motor skills seem mostly on target. She was able to string beads and learned how to open/close files on a computer.
Social and emotional skills are a bit of a challenge at times for Eden. She is very excited to see people and very affectionate. However, she can be strong-willed and sassy. In these areas, Eden seemed to me to be about 4 years old. Intellectually I heard she is bright but she is definitely several years behind same age peers, certainly in the U.S. She knew some colors and counting but is unable to read or write.
I am certain Eden would benefit by having a family, especially one where she could have a lot of focused attention. Aside from her medical needs, she would need assistance with academic skills and help learning how to be a “family girl.”
There are several hospitals in the U.S. that have the ability to surgically straighten her spine (by inserting rods that can be adjusted) to some degree (we were told maybe to 50 degrees/her curve now is probably 90-100). We were told by an orthopedic surgeon that because her internal organs are small, she won’t ever have full cardio-vascular capacity–this means she can tire out more easily than age peers, but it doesn’t mean she can’t enjoy playing and most activities other children like.
Additional reports, videos, and photos available upon request from the agency.
Eloise was born in October 2006 and has Down Syndrome as well as strabismus.
Eloise can walk independently and uses the bathroom with help. She drinks unassisted from an open cup, but needs a hand when eating. Eloise is non-verbal at this time, but makes herself heard with gestures and understands simple instructions. She attends a homeschool program at her orphanage.
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Sweet Maisie was born in April of 2012 and has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.
Maisie is a sensitive child who likes looking at the world around her as well as listening to music and watching cartoons. She reaches for toys and tries to babble. Maisie can roll from stomach to back and vice versa. She cannot sit unassisted, but has some head control and tries to pull to a stand against stable support.
Maisie is responsive to her caregivers and appears to understand everything they say to her. She recognizes familiar adults and loves to be held.
Update April 2015: Specific reasons are unknown, but Maisie’s condition seems to be deteriorating. She needs the love of a family as well as appropriate medical care and therapies quickly.
Olivia was born prematurely in November 2013 and has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, spina bifida, liquorrhea, paralysis of the lower limbs, and malformations of the feet. She received a shunt in early infancy.
Olivia is able to track with her eyes, has some head control, can roll over with help, but does not yet sit without support. The movement in Olivia’s arms and hands is not restricted and she actively reaches for, holds and manipulates objects. Her caretakers describe her as an attentive girl who understands what they say to her and babbles a lot.
Head circumference in September 2014: 43.8 cm
Weight in September 2014: 6.2 kg
Height in September 2014: 63 cm
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From a family who met her in March 2015: What a gem! This little girl is such a doll with the biggest, most beautiful eyes. She is very alert and babbles. Olivia enjoys attention, even dropping her toy and whining so that someone would pay attention to her. Olivia appears to have good control of her arms and can sit up.
Alexis was born in August 2006 and has been diagnosed with pelvic positioning of the left kidney, congenital hypotrophy, and mild cognitive delays. Alexis can walk independently, is potty-trained, dresses and undresses without help, and feeds herself.
Though a bit shy with strangers, Alexis is sociable, communicative, and gladly participates in games and activities. She is described as obedient and easily follows directions from her caretakers. Alexis likes to recite poems and sing songs, as well as play with toys like dolls, purses, etc. Alexis’s teachers note that she is able to learn and reasons well. In November 2013, she could count to ten and had just begun learning her letters.
Additional photos, video and reports available upon request from the agency.
Little Max was born in February 2014 and has been diagnosed with bilirubin encephalopathy, cerebral palsy, and first degree hypotrophy. Max had ABO and rhesus incompatibility with his birth mother for which he received a blood transfusion after he was born.
Max does not yet have head control, but he can open his hands and move his fingers. He recognizes his caregivers and smiles at them when they speak to him. He enjoys physical affection.
Update November 2014: Max has improved his head control and can roll from back to tummy, but does not yet sit or crawl. He does not reach for things, but can hold objects handed to him. Max likes playing with his caretakers and enjoys receiving hugs. He is a happy boy who is starting to babble.
Boy, born 2006
Jotham was born in April 2006 and has Down Syndrome. He is described as a well-behaved and good boy who is being homeschooled at his orphanage because he did not adjust well to a traditional classroom setting. Jotham can walk independently, is aware of his environment and knows the people around him. He follows instructions and has begun to communicate with words.
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Adorable Nolan was born in April 2010 and has Down Syndrome. He also has a congenital heart defect.
Nolan is a sociable child who enjoys playing with toys. He can cruise along stable support and is quite a little climber. Even though Nolan does not yet speak, he understands instructions. He likes moving to music, eats well and sleeps soundly.
Update Oct 2014:
From a family who met Nolan in October 2014: Nolan is an active little boy and very interested in the happenings in his environment. When we visited his room with our son who used to live there, he instantly tried to interact with our son who had crawled into the playpen with the other kids plus Nolan was watching what we were doing as well. Nolan cannot yet walk, but sits, stands, crawls, and cruises. He eats and sleeps well. Nolan still uses diapers, but his caretakers know his typical bathroom times and put him on the potty for them. When I picked up Nolan, he made wonderful eye contact with me and I heard him babble different sound combinations. His caretakers told me he is a kind child who enjoys and seeks physical affection and attention from others.
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Lana was born in June 2002 and has Down Syndrome.
Lana is described as a very sweet, quiet girl with a beautiful smile. She is shy and does not speak, but she understands what is said to her and in her way answers questions. Lana can also carry out simple requests.
Lana is obedient with her caretakers. She participates in games as well as group and individual activities. Her self-help skills are good.
Lana loves to dance, likes everything pink, and is a very girly girl. She would thrive in a devoted family.
Update October 2014: Lana is a good girl who attends school where she participates in class and completes the tasks given to her. She is a very organized child and follows instructions.
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Robert was born very prematurely in May 2010. He has been diagnosed with intrauterine chronic acute hypoxia, severe asphyxia, and retinopathy of prematurity.
Robert is an active child who likes to play with noisy and musical toys. He can walk, but due to his impaired vision needs to hold on to a stable support or someone’s hand. Robert is friendly and interactive, but can be stubborn and is protective of his favorite toys. He eats very well and likes being first when the meals are served.
Robert needs a patient and loving family that can provide the resources he requires to develop further.
Additional photos, reports, and videos are available upon request from the agency.
From a family who met Robert in May 2014: Even though Robert has impaired vision, it is clear that he sees something as he navigates himself through the room and seeks physical contact with others. Robert can walk with stable support and cruises along walls and furniture on his own. He was very affectionate with my husband and clearly enjoyed the attention. Robert was also able to play interactively with our son when receiving some guidance. The two boys had so much fun riding the seesaw together.
Gertie was born in September of 2002 and has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. She receives regular physical therapy and is able to stand and walk with the help of a walker.
Gertie is described as an outgoing, sensitive and friendly girl. She eagerly takes part in group and individual activities and is very engaged in games. She likes to draw, memorizes songs and poems, and gladly completes her homework.
Update October 2014: Gertie is described as a smart, open and positive girl whose hard work continues to result in academic as well as physical progress for her. She’s now in 5th grade.
Additional reports and photos are available upon request from the agency.
Adelaide was born in September 2005 and has been diagnosed with spina bifida, lower limb paresthesia, and a disorder of the hips. She is wheelchair-bound.
Adelaide is described as a sweet, joyful, and communicative girl. She is interested and participates in different activities and likes to help others. Adelaide regularly attends school and can read and write. She recites poetry and sings songs.
Update October 2014: Adelaide is being homeschooled at her orphanage at a third grade level. Her teachers are very happy with her academic progress and Adelaide likes showing off her math and language workbooks.
Additional reports and photos available upon request from the agency.
Boy, Born February 2003
Jake was born in February 2003 with Down syndrome. He is a happy young man who loves animals and can talk about them for hours, especially about cats. Jake can understand English and loves music and to sing! Songs that have hand motions are his very favorite. He enjoys puzzles, books and Legos! Please give Jake a chance!
Updated April 2014: Jake is an active, happy boy who attends school, likes to play games, and enjoys singing and dancing. Jake has well-developed self-help skills. He eats and drinks as well as dresses and undresses independently. Jake knows how to wash his hands and face, brush his teeth, and make his bed without assistance. Jake is also potty-trained. Jake speaks in short sentences and has a large vocabulary. He was exposed to the English language for the first several years of his life and can understand it. He tells stories, counts, and recognizes 27 letters. Jake understands simple rules and follows them. He would thrive in a loving family.
From a family who met him in 2015: Jake is such a nice boy. He will greet you happily with a handshake. Jake understands and speaks English as well as his native tongue. The caregivers and other residents at his home speak English, so he has a very good understanding of it. Jake is a very capable and independent boy. He would thrive in a family of his own. MARRIED COUPLES ONLY.
Down syndrome, CHD (repaired)
This energy filled and vibrant little girl was born with Down syndrome in August of 2003 and is ready for an active family with lots of structure. She can understand and speak two languages, including English. She had surgery to repair a heart defect in 2003, but has required no additional treatment. Annalise is beaming with sunshine and loves cell phones and cameras, like all curious little girls! She loves to be the center of attention and is very smart!
Updated April 2014:
Annalise is an active, friendly girl who speaks clearly with an extensive vocabulary. She uses short sentences and understands two languages, one of them English. Annalise walks independently, including up and down stairs.
Annalise has great self-help skills. She eats and drinks as well as dresses and undresses without assistance. She can wash her hands and brush her teeth on her own.
Annalise attends school where she has learned to count, recognize 25 letters, cut with scissors and paint. She can re-tell a short story and participates in simple games. Annalise likes to listen to music and dances very well. She would thrive in a loving family.
From a family who met her in March 2015: Annalise is a beautiful young lady with long brown hair and the most adorable freckles. She is very sweet, but also quite independent. She came right up to me and sat on my lap. She speaks some English and is very verbal in her native tongue. The caregivers and other residents at her home speak English, so she has a good understanding of it. Annalise is adored by the other residents and caregivers in her home.
MARRIED COUPLES ONLY.
Boy, Born July 2004
Down syndrome, ADD
Sweet Harlan was born in July of 2004. He has been diagnosed with Down syndrome and Attention Deficit Disorder. He does not use speech as means of communication and he has cognitive delays. He needs assistance with basic daily living skills.
Update October 2014: Harlan is nonverbal and his development continues to be significantly delayed, but he can now walk independently.
Additional photos, video and report available from the agency.
Boy, Born July 2000
Brandon was born in July of 2000. He has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. He is described as calm, smiley, active, and friendly. He likes toys, especially blocks. He likes to show what he has built with blocks and is very proud with himself. He does not pronounce words clearly, but most people are able to understand what he was saying. He is able to understand what is being said to him, as well as perform simple tasks. He recognizes some items and knows the colors. He is described as “a very sweet boy”.
Photos, video and a report are available from the agency upon request.
Girl, Born May 2003
Sweet Addison was born in May of 2003. She has been diagnosed with Down syndrome. She is described as extremely active, joyful and friendly. She does not speak, but is able to let you know what she wants and when you ask her questions she answers by gestures and making sounds. She loves toys, especially blocks. She communicates with other children very well.
Update October 2014: Addison attends third grade and is described as a good girl. Even though she is still nonverbal, she appears to understand at least some of what is said to her and responds in her own ways.
Additional information available upon request from the agency.
Sweet Eva was born in September of 2004. She is described as an active, joyful girl who likes toys and to play games. She is also very friendly and likes to communicate with people.
Update October 2014: Eva is described as an easy child who understands instructions and partially takes care of her own daily needs. She attends third grade.
Additional information is available from the agency, upon request.
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.
MARRIED COUPLES ONLY.
Happy Callum was born in February of 2010 and has been diagnosed with “defect of urinary and reproductive organs, external auditory canal atresia of the right ear”.
His caretakers state that he is a very sweet, smiley boy. He knows his caretakers and seems to respond to them. He is a little behind developmentally but they think he will catch up with assistance.
From a family who visited in August 2015: “Callum is an adorable little pixie of a fellow. He is completely lovable and wants nothing more than hugs. He is very mild mannered and tends to go off alone and play with a toy rather than join the gang. He’s a love bug in a tiny package and very strong even though he appears so slight. When we visited we would pick him up with one arm and hold him a great deal. He is incredibly friendly with a smile that can bring you to tears. I am shocked he has not gotten more attention. He deserves it.”
Update from January 2013: After visiting with Callum in January, our agency representative had the following update. Although Callum has some issues with one ear, he is still able to hear. He can walk, but does not speak. He can hear and understand simple tasks. Callum is a very reserved, calm and friendly boy. He likes to play by himself rather than with the other children. He is also very affectionate and likes when people love him and say good things to him. He likes to have his privacy and when he is playing with toys he does not like when somebody interrupts him. He has a good appetite, but has his favorite foods; if he does not like something he will refuse to eat it, as any typical toddler does! Additional photos and videos available upon request from the agency.
Update May 2013: After visiting with Callum in May, our agency representative had the following update. Recently, Callum was taken for a medical examination. The result showed that he does not have one kidney and the other is small. But he is feeling not bad. He still is not speaking or trying to speak. He understands and makes his caretakers understand what he wants with gestures and expressions. It appears that he can hear something, but probably not enough to speak yet. He is playful and friendly as usual, but he loves attention, and if you do not pay attention to him, he may start to cry and become very fussy. He wants visitors to play with him, and if you play with other child he may go to the corner, sit there by himself and feel upset.
Boy, Born April 2009
Down syndrome, CHD
Sweet Christian was born in April of 2009 with Down syndrome and a heart condition. He is a happy and fun little guy. Christian is active, attentive, gives lots of smiles and loved very much by his caregivers. He enjoys watching television, listening to music, playing with toys and eating cookies! Additional photos and video are available from the agency.
Update from January 22, 2013: Christian is able to walk, is very active and likes to dance. He is able to say various words but he cannot speak in sentences. Christian is described as very kind, friendly, shy and sensitive. He also enjoys listening to music and knows many songs by heart. He is smart and knows how to play many different games. Christian knows different characters from various cartoons and sometimes asks for a certain cartoon to watch. He is able to eat by himself, except for soup, as he sometimes makes a little bit of a mess!
Update May 2013: After visiting with Christian in May, our agency representative had the following update. Christian can walk independently now. He speaks (although his words are a little unclear). He answers the questions, e:g: where is “Neal” (he knows all children) or how are you, completes simple requests. He has become very active and very joyful. The Orphanage Director says that he is very smart and very kind. Our in-country representative feels that the family who adopts Christian will be blessed. At present he is healthy and in a good mood.
Susie was born prematurely at 27 weeks gestation in June 2011. She has been diagnosed with multiple malformations of the brain, including agenesis of the corpus callosum, porencephaly, hydrocephaly, and hematomas. A catheter and shunt have been placed to allow fluids to drain from Susie’s brain. Susie has epilepsy, is blind, has no head control, and has significant developmental delays, but she reacts when someone speaks to her and loves music.
Additional photos and reports are available upon request from the agency. Please note: Married couples are given preference due to child’s court appointed guardian in this case.
Nicholas was born in May of 2011. His physical development is on target. He is able to sit up, stand and is able to walk holding onto furniture. He is very active and likes to play with toys and other children. Nicholas is also very observant; when someone is playing with other kids of his group, he watches them very attentively as if wanting to take part in it. He has been seen playing with one of the other boys in his group, they giggle and talk in their own little language, as if they know exactly what the other is saying. In general, Nicholas is a serious child, but if you make him smile he smiles. He currently eats and sleeps well.
Update February 2014:
Nicholas is an active and very sweet boy. He likes to run around and gladly plays with toys and other children. He eats and sleeps well. Though non-verbal at this time, Nicholas is described as a very responsive child who understands everything that is said to him and follows instructions. His nannies adore him.
Nicholas is special friends with another little boy in his group; they giggle and communicate in their own private language, as if they know exactly what the other is saying.
Nicholas would thrive in a loving family.
Photos, videos and additional reports are available upon request from the agency.
Reese was born in April 2007 and has an infectious smile and piercing blue eyes. Reese has been diagnosed with strabismus, Spina bifida and hydrocephaly, receiving a shunt shortly after birth.
He is able to crawl with assistance, but cannot sit up without support. He receives physical and occupational therapy which has improved his head control. He enjoys books, blocks and singing songs. He is able to feed himself finger foods, such as bread and cookies. His caretakers say he is extremely smart and has an extensive vocabulary for his age. Currently he is completely immobile, but would really like to use a wheelchair like many of his friends. Any family interested in Reese will need to be prepared for obstacles that may come with his diagnoses.
From a family who met him in March 2015: Reese is such a joy! He just laughs and laughs and loves to be a part of the other children’s laughter and joy. He even waved at me and blew me a kiss. Reese is verbal, I heard him speaking some English as well as in his native tongue. I was told that he will often start prayers and has them memorized. Reese would thrive in a family that could provide him with the therapies and love that he deserves. He really is a bright boy, but his physical limitations hold him back.
From a family who met him in 2014 and again in May 2015: Reese looked so much better this time! He remembered us and we hadn’t been there in several months. He was more interactive and his assisted sitting position seemed improved. He does great on his stomach and can raise his upper body and head. Reese sings songs with everyone and knows the words. He speaks in his native language, but can copy English words. With therapy and more medical care and a family, I think he would progress at a fast rate. His physical disabilities are out of his control, but he chooses to be kind, funny, loves to laugh, loves to be held and touched.
Married couples are given preference due to child’s court appointed guardian in this case.
Nigel was born prematurely at 29 weeks gestation in February of 2007, weighing 1500g. At the age of two months, Nigel was diagnosed with hypertensive syndrome and deformation of the head. A neurologist has also stated that his cerebellum is small and that is why he had some problems with coordination (in the past).
Nigel was brought to the orphanage when he was 5 months old and lived with his parents until that time. At the orphanage his issues with coordination improved and at present there are no concerns. He is able to walk, run and is very active. After being placed in the orphanage it was also found that he has a hearing impairment. He has not had a full hearing screen but it has been suggested that his impairment is rather severe. His caretakers are apprehensive of anesthesia needing to be used to check the issue further and will wait to see if there are other options. Nigel also has vision impairment, but he does not wear glasses at this time as he ends up breaking them. He is described as a happy boy, who is also very neat. He does not like when something is not in its place or the table is dirty or his clothes are dirty. He lets the caretakers know about it and ask them to clean it. He does not speak and does not say sounds, but is able to let his caretakers know what he wants by gestures. He loves going outside and is also very friendly.
Update October 2014: Despite wearing hearing aids, Nigel continues to be nonverbal. He is homeschooled at his orphanage where he feels more comfortable than in a public school setting. In unfamiliar or stressful situations, Nigel exhibits stubbornness and aggression. His social worker believes that he would make progress in a dedicated family.
Additional photos and video are available upon request from the agency.
Handsome Graham was born in April of 2007. He is developmentally delayed, does not speak and does not make sounds. He seems to understand some of what is said to him. He may also have cerebral palsy or another disorder affecting his motor skills.
Graham is described as kind, friendly, smiley, and joyful. He is very active and enjoys participating in games. Graham can complete a task when you repeat the instructions many times and show him what to do.
Update October 2014: Graham just started attending a school for hearing impaired children where testing is underway to get him a proper hearing aid. He continues to be nonverbal, but follows instructions and finds ways to communicate. Graham’s self-help skills are evolving. He’s now potty-trained and feeds himself.
Additional reports, photos and video available upon request from the agency.
Arwen was born at 32 weeks gestation in March 2013 and has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus for which a shunt was placed in July 2013 as well as cysts on his brain. He takes medication for epilepsy, but has not had a seizure since November 2014. Arwen also has esotropia and a cardiologist monitors his heart after he had sinus bradycardia.
Even though Arwen’s development is delayed, he is an interactive boy who tracks with his eyes, babbles, follows simple instructions, and giggles. Arwen has head control, can sit without support for a little while, and uses his hands. Arwen can chew small bites of solids and guide finger foods to his mouth.
Married couples only.
Remy was born prematurely in August 2014 and has been diagnosed with post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus for which a shunt was placed in infancy and hypertensive hydrocephalus syndrome. It is unclear how much Remy can see due to bilateral congenital diffuse cataracts.
Remy has head control and tracks with his eyes in all directions. He looks and smiles at familiar adults. At this time, he does not reach for toys. His caretakers say that Remy is doing quite well and that he laughs a lot.
Married couples only.
Girl, born December 2014
Spina bifida; a VP shunt has been placed.
Peggy is alert and tracks with her eyes. She has developed hand to hand and hand to mouth coordination and reaches for toys, but cannot yet hold them. Peggy appears to have head control, but needs support to sit. She regularly receives therapy.
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