Reuben

Reuben was born in July 2009 and was found abandoned shortly after. He has been diagnosed with some language and cognitive delays. Reuben can sit, walk, and run normally. His gross and fine motor skills are great.

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Reuben was weak and malnourished when he came to the orphanage, but he grew stronger as he began to receive a healthy, nutritional diet. When he joined a new program in the orphanage at two years old, Reuben switched to eating small meals, multiple times per day. He is now much stronger and healthier. He is quite good at many sports, though his balance can sometimes be poor.

Reuben has been diagnosed with intellectual disabilities. The orphanage reports that his intelligence is on par with an average 4 or 5 year old in the orphanage. He is in third grade in school where he works on improving his intelligence and language capabilities. He can understand language and is able to speak, but has poor pronunciation. Reuben knows the names of many everyday objects, animals, and can count from 1 to 10. He knows many words and can speak in simple sentences, but he can be hard to understand at times.

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Reuben is able to eat and dress by himself. The orphanage says that he enjoys doing things on his own. He can also go to the bathroom by himself and does not require diapers. Reuben is a happy child. When the teacher sings in class, Reuben jumps up and begins dancing with his classmates. He gets along well with others and loves to be held. He can be shy around strangers, but is very close to his caretakers and the other children in the orphanage. The orphanage describes Reuben as optimistic and considerate. He likes to care for and help others. Reuben enjoys singing, dancing, watching cartoons, playing with his friends, and animals.

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