Boy, Age: 9
Country Code: E-11
Region: Europe
Primary Diagnosis: Down syndrome
Listed: Feb 2024
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Philip is a charming and inquisitive young boy with a tender heart and a keen interest in the world around him. Although language poses a challenge for him, with difficulties in speech and vocabulary, he is able to understand simple directions and express himself with basic sentences. His abilities in non-verbal communication are a strength, helping to support and enhance his spoken words. While written language and abstract concepts such as time and money are challenging for him, his non-verbal skills greatly aid his interactions.

Despite facing motor skill limitations typical of his condition, which affect balance and coordination, Philip is remarkably independent in day-to-day activities. He can manage personal care routines such as eating and hygiene with minimal supervision and dresses without assistance, though may require guidance in selecting suitable clothing based on weather conditions. Philip sleeps well and follows a regular routine but benefits from support in other daily tasks.

Among Philip’s favorite activities, he relishes the simple pleasures of walking, drawing, and engaging with the world of letters and words in his own unique way—he enjoys “writing.” Although the marks he makes may not form recognizable words, he delights in having adults “read” his creations. He has a passion for football and admires players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

His social interactions are an area where Philip truly shines. He is strong in building relationships with those around him—proactive and animated with peers, demonstrating a particular fondness for younger children. When it comes to adults, Philip is affectionate and seeks connection and warmth, establishing bonds with preferred caregivers and understanding the importance of rules and boundaries.

Philip is ready to embrace a loving family who will understand and respond to his emotional needs. His new family should be prepared to provide the unique care required in cases of Trisomy 21, which includes attention to his medical needs like heart conditions and vision care, as well as understanding his background and history. This family will receive in Philip a child who offers boundless warmth and the potential for rewarding growth and connection.