Penelope's Story

Location: Eastern Europe
Gender: Female
Birth Year: 2012
Agency Information:

Hopscotch Adoptions


Weight at birth: 1100 g Height at birth: 35 cm Weight in November 2015: 11.5 kg Height in November 2015: 89 cm Head circumference November 2015: 49.5 cm Penelope was born prematurely at 29 weeks gestation in June of 2012 and has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus for which she currently has a working shunt, autism, and global delays. Penelope also has strabismus. Her pediatrician noticed several symptoms of autism in Penelope's social and emotional development fairly early, including low eye contact, repetitive stereotyped movements, lack of interest in books, not responding to her name, and being non-verbal. Over time, Penelope has calmed down considerably and become more affectionate. She can walk holding an adult's hand and loves to be snuggled. Penelope better relates to her caregivers and is showing increasing interest in her environment. She craves individual attention and her caretakers believe that she would show best progress in a one-on-one care setting. Contact the adoption agency to get more information of this child!

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