Jasmine

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Jasmine was born in February 2009 and found abandoned as a newborn. She’s been diagnosed with post-operative congenital heart disease (VSD and ASD) and follow up reports indicated her heart rate was normal. She has also been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and delays. Please don’t miss her August 2017 & May 2018 updates below!!!

AGENCY DESIGNATED SPECIAL FOCUS CHILD

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When Jasmine was 11 months old she could roll her body each way and had flexible hands and feet. She could catch a toy and was said to be smart and sensible. She liked to be held by caretakers and when they would kiss her and speak gently she would smile and laugh. When she would wake up in the mornings she would call, “mum mum,” and wave her right arm. When she heard her favorite songs she would shake her hands and head and open her mouth as if she was singing. She was described as being very lovely. Jasmine knew how to win her caretakers’s favor and how to get people’s attention. If a caretaker was holding another child Jasmine would hum and smile sweetly when she was picked up. Don’t miss updates below!!!

An agency rep who met Jasmine in 2017 said, “I had the great pleasure of meeting her while she was at a foster care center. What a great kiddo she is! One leg was casted from hip to toes on one side so she was having a tough time getting around but was happy and engaging. As soon as she saw us, she motored her way over to visit us with a book in tow, wanting nothing more than someone to read to her. That soon evolved into a rousing game of catch and giggling while correcting my pretty bad Mandarin!”

AUGUST 2017 UPDATE BELOW: 

From Jasmine’s foster care center, “The cast has come off and had really good results. She has much more flexion in that knee now. the nannies were so impressed with the results that they are begging us to cast her other leg and her hand to see if we can help her gain more range of motion and function in those limbs as well. She has been working with two physical therapists and they have written the following” (name changed for her privacy):

“Jasmine is a lovely 8 year old girl who can be shy and quiet upon first impression. However, once she’s familiar with her surroundings, she can be quite social and vocal; she doesn’t hesitate to use her voice to get your attention or express herself. Due to her Cerebral Palsy she has limited use of her extremities. The increased muscle tone in her legs make it difficult to bend them and take steps in a coordinated fashion, however, she is able to to stand with assistance for short durations.

Jasmine is also able to sit independently on both the floor and in a regular chair. She wears bilateral ankle braces which help wither handle position, allowing her to keep her feet flat on the floor when both standing and sitting. Jasmine’s current form of mobility is a combination of rolling and scooting on her bottom. Her left arm is more impaired than her right, so bilateral hand tasks are difficult for her. Nevertheless, she does use her right hand to feed herself and engage in playful activities (throwing balls, exploring objects, coloring, etc.).

Jasmine has the potential to propel a wheelchair if it was fixed with a one arm drive. She enjoys babies and is quick to position herself next to a little one in the play area. She’s attentive to their needs and is quick to point out if they’ve spit-up or need something. She learns by observation and can be seen mimicking the caress or pat that a caregiver might provide to an infant.

Jasmine’s cognitive strengths lie in the day to day routines, but then again, she’s not had the opportunity for anymore formal learning in a school-type setting. She is highly motivated by social inclusion and often wants to be doing what everyone else is.”

MAY 2018 UPDATE BELOW: 

Jasmine is technically living in an orphanage, however, she is actually in a program that is managed by an NGO where 12 children are cared for by three nannies, a physical therapist and a preschool teacher. Right now she is currently in Beijing receiving dental care from an American dentist who donates his time. Although she was too afraid to receive a cleaning during her first visit she was very brave this time and had a few extractions and her teeth were fully cleaned. She will be returning to NGO care very soon.

Casting has been completed with good results. Staff in her foster care center don’t consider her “mentally delayed,” although she does have significant developmental delays. Her emotional development is that of a much younger child. Staff members were asked for feedback and responded with the following:

“She learns Chinese and English quickly. She has normal response and communicates normally. she is caring and has some “tricks” to be naughty sometimes. I don’t feel she is delayed.”

“She definitely is much slower than Z and X. She wouldn’t mimic my English very often but she was good at correcting my Chinese.”

“The mimic part is really depending on her interest or her will. I tried that too on her. She wouldn’t not say but doesn’t mean she is mentally slow to me. She is lazier compared to Z and X. This laziness may be caused by the attention she lacks. I don’t think she got that much attention from people around her in the past years. She still comforts herself with sucking her thumb. She really likes to be held and pretend to be a baby.”

“She is not mentally delayed to me. Laziness and moves slow, yes.”

“I think she could catch up with attention and proper care. At her dentist appt she counted with me in Chinese, sang songs, etc. She can be lazy and when she is not interested I could see how someone might interpret that as mental delays, especially compared to the other kids.”

 

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