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March 2023 Update: Connor is a sweet, kind, gentle soul with captivating dark brown eyes. He has displayed the ability to cultivate deep connections with a trusted caregiver. The cheeky boy that he is, he loves to wiggle and kick when being fed with his feeding tube. He laughs and laughs as the nurse struggles to administer his feeding!
He loves playing on the trampoline when the staff make him bounce really high! He likes sitting with the adults and being engaged in their conversations and always wants to be involved in whatever is happening in the home. He is very vocal and interested during 1:1 conversations. Even though he can’t speak verbally, he is very communicative and expressive and has a lot to share!
Connor can identify his body parts and knows his colours in sign language, and he follows simple instructions. His favourite colour is blue. His favourite animal is a monkey and he likes the song Five Little Monkeys. He jumps, scoots, rolls and laughs when he hears it! He likes fashion and beams with excitement when he wears a new outfit and staff take his picture! He gets very excited when he is provided with an opportunity to make a choice, and he especially likes choosing the movie that the children will watch together! His favourite is The Lion King and he makes it clear that he feels annoyed if his movie is interrupted! He loves splashing in water play and taking selfies!
Connor can sit independently for a few minutes at a time and is able to turn his head to sounds without losing his balance. He can balance on all fours and is working on squatting with his PT. He adores his PT and always wants to hold her hand. Connor rolls all around the room in the house! He can get from a laying position to a sitting position independently and enjoys standing in his stander. He is non-verbal but very communicative in other ways. He can communicate using a few basic signs as well, such as “thank you” and “more”. He is now upright for most of the day, in his wheelchair. Being able to tolerate sitting upright for so long has really decreased respiratory issues that he struggled with when he was younger. He would make a wonderful son and his heart longs for a family and deep connection with others.