Ainsley

Girl, born 2014

Ankle contractures

Listed: July 2018

Ainsley is listed as having cerebral palsy, but despite contractures (limited motion) in both ankles, none of her other muscles/joints seem to be affected. She has good motor control and strength. She is motivated to stand and walk. She pulls to stand and tries to stand in the middle of the floor throughout the day. Currently, her ankle contractures make it difficult for her to balance on her feet and stand independently. However, we are looking into treatment for her ankles and she is expected to be an independent walker after treatment.

Ainsley transferred to her current home in June 2018 and has already made remarkable progress. She can crawl and scoot very quickly around the home. She loves playing with musical instruments and will seek them out to play with. She also likes playing catch and has quite a good arm for a small girl. She previously had no exposure to English but now responds to several English commands. She also says several words such as “hi”, “bye”, and her name. She has picked up on several ASL signs which are used in the home. She has an incredibly expressive face and loves making silly faces and expressions (such as repeatedly raising her eyebrows) to make others laugh. She loves engaging in playful connection games with trusted caregivers. She seeks out preferred caregivers for affection. She is very bright and perceptive. She has great potential to learn and would thrive in a family.

Update December 2018: Ainsley received serial casts on her ankles to gradually shift them from their previous, fixed position (flexed with toes pointed down) to a more neutral position. The treatment was successful, and Ainsley can now get both feet flat on the floor when standing. She started wearing orthotics to help her maintain the current position of her ankles. She is now working on balancing in standing and walking. She can walk holding an adult’s hand or pushing a small chair or push toy. She is able to go up and down stairs by crawling/scooting. Ainsley’s ability to sustain attention on a task and engage in a structured activity has greatly improved in the past months. She now knows the motions to several action songs. Her language skills are growing. New words include “yes”, “no”, “water”, “book”, “ball”, “uh-oh”, and “finished”. She loves to be cuddled and seeks attention and interaction with adults and kids in her environment. Videos available!

A specific adoption agency has offered a grant of $5000, to an eligible family for adoption expenses.

$1,356.55 has been donated towards the cost of my adoption!