Kai

Kai was born in July 2013 and found abandoned when he was 3 years old. His adoption report lists him as healthy, however, he may have mild autism. The caretaker who wrote his report said his symptoms are slight and someone unfamiliar with him would not notice and would consider him a normal child. Please take a moment to watch all of his wonderful videos below! To request his adoption file for review please complete the eligibility questions at the bottom.

AGENCY DESIGNATED SPECIAL FOCUS CHILD

Kai’s adoption report was written around his 4th birthday. He was described as being very lovely, optimistic and having a ready smile. He couldn’t sit alone quietly for long periods unless watching TV, he liked to talk a lot and had rich language. He liked to ask questions even if he knew the answer. When he was called he would respond, and could answer questions. He understood the meaning of “no” and used words to express his needs.

   

Kai could participate in pretend play but didn’t like playing with other children. When communicating he didn’t maintain eye contact for very long and sometimes he loses his temper and cries/shouts. He was potty trained and able to dress and feed himself.

Kai knew his colors and some numbers and shapes. Caretakers say his behavior is almost  the same as other chlren. He knew the names of many objects and was fond of playing with blocks and cars. When taking him for a walk the caretakers would cuddle him. His favorite activity was riding a bike and his favorite toys were blocks. He was attached to his caretakers and they all love him very much describing him as, “the prince in this institute.”

An Occupational Therapist reviewed the available file and videos and gave her opinion about Kai, “Oh my he’s precious!  He would thrive in a loving nurturing family. Not sure what the concerns initially were for Autism. But just from those clips, I would not be concerned. Only concerns I see overall that would clear up with family time and maybe a period of therapy. In the puzzle video he reached and used his hand cupped/clawed some. May be nothing, but often the palmar grasp reflex is still there and might affect handwriting in school. When he walked down the stairs, he was a bit in “high guard”. So just mild coordination to work on. I would also rule out vision/eye teaming concerns. He looks but did do a lot of squinting. And vision usually goes along with the reflex/coordination areas. But he pedals the bike well and adjusted his foot well when he got it stuck. Also switched gears to back up and then go fast with great attention to directions. Reasons I would not think Autism: more than once he had reciprocal eye gaze and eye contact. He may not have looked constantly but he was tuned into what was being told to him. He pointed to something across the room, this is often missing with autism. He was aware of the other kids even if he wasn’t playing with them. Didn’t see any “stimming” or fixations. He was very focused on the puzzle but looked up at the end for approval when done. More aware of his surroundings and people than a child with autism would be.”  Please keep in mind this is an educated opinion based on information available. Consulting your own medical professionals is recommended for reviewing families.

Advocates who met Kai in October 2016 had this to say about him, “It was easy to see that he is a special little guy. He is bright and engaging. He is super cute, and he did each thing we asked him to do with ease. He carried on comprehensive conversations with our Mandarin speaking team members.”

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