Location: Eastern Europe
Taylor was born prematurely in a depressive state in early 2010, necessitating some time in the neonatal ICU. Her development is delayed.
Taylor can walk stably and with good balance, runs during games, and climbs stairs while holding on to the railing. She eats independently with good appetite, but is not yet potty-trained. She explores objects with her hands.
Taylor has not acquired any meaningful speech at this time and follows verbal directions only when accompanied by gestures. However, she seeks contact with other children and adults and is interactive. She responds to her name as well as to other people's looks, jokes and communication. Taylor happily participates in games and joint activities like peekaboo. She is adaptive and observant.
Taylor works with an educator, speech therapist and psychologist and is showing a positive trajectory in her gross motor and emotional development in recent months.
Weight at birth: 2.160 kg Weight in January 2015: 12.200 kg Height at birth: 45 cm Height in January 2015: 96 cm
Update August 2015: Taylor was placed with a foster family in June 2015. She has made significant developmental strides since then, including feeding herself, accepting and chewing solids, responding to her name, being calm during baths and enjoying water play, carrying out simple verbal instructions, taking off her shoes, and babbling syllables.
Our in-country representative visited Taylor and found her to be a cheerful and kind girl who makes eye contact and is easily approachable. She shows no signs of aggression or repetitive behaviors and allows physical affection with others. Taylor responds well to praise and re-direction and obediently awaits instructions from an adult.
Taylor will soon begin attending a daycare center where she will have regular sessions with a speech therapist, a psychologist and a special education teacher which is expected to further her developmental progress.Update August 2016: Taylor has made good developmental progress since she began attending a specialized daycare center, where she receives individualized attention from a psychologist and a speech therapist and is part of a social integration group. She follows the structure of her sessions using a visual schedule and adapts well to a small group of peers. Taylor uses predominantly nonverbal communication and gestures but expresses positive emotions through vocalizations and imitates sounds and melodies. She is also learning PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) with her specialists. Taylor is easily overwhelmed but calms quickly and is able to self-regulate. She responds to and seeks out contact with familiar adults, laughs when teased, and establishes continuous eye contact during games. While she plays parallel to other children Taylor shows a keen interest in them and will interact with adult support. This little girl has shown clear progress since receiving specialized instruction and therapy. The guidance, support, and love of a forever family would truly enable Taylor to reach her full potential. Weight June 2016: 16 kg Height June 2016: 103 cm
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