Boy, Age: 10
Listed: Oct 2020
Malachi is a very happy, friendly, active child! He loves to play with the other children in his home, jump on the trampoline, ride his bike, and listen to music. Malachi is blind, but has good awareness of his surroundings in familiar settings. Malachi is independent in all his daily living skills. He attended a local school for the blind until class five and is now homeschooled. He is very motivated to learn new skills and new information – one of his favorite activities is listening to the news on the radio. Malachi reads braille and is currently at around a 3rd/4th grade level. He says his favorite subjects in school are math and social studies. Malachi speaks Telugu fluently and English conversationally. In English he can communicate basic needs and sentences and he is continuing to learn more words every day! Malachi enjoys playing independently as well as in groups of his peers. His favorite activities revolve around music, including learning new songs and playing the piano. Malachi has an ear for notes and can listen to a song and figure out the melody on the piano, without any instruction. Within a few days of starting on the piano he had figured out to play “Happy Birthday” and “Jingle Bells” just by listening to the songs. He has expressed interest in piano lessons as well as learning other instruments. Malachi is a very sweet and spirited child who has formed healthy attachments with his current caregivers. He has a close relationship with a few of the other boys in his home and enjoys including everyone, regardless of ability, into his play. Malachi is finding his sense of humor and likes to try out different jokes and funny sounds to make others around him laugh. He is a very bright child who would do incredibly well in a family!