Michael was born September 2014 and found abandoned a little over a week later. He has been diagnosed with post-operative spina bifida, post-operative hydrocephalus and delayed development.
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AGENCY DESIGNATED SPECIAL FOCUS CHILD
When Michael first entered the institute his physical condition was poor so he was taken to the hospital where he received surgery for spinal meningocele. A couple of weeks later he had a second surgery to place a shunt. Both surgeries were considered successful and after recovery he returned to the institute.
At the time of his report Michael was 13 months old and had made great progress. He could roll over, sit independently, knew his name and responded when he was called. When familiar people would say his name he would ask to be held and for a kiss. Michael can pick up small objects with his fingers, likes listening to music and playing with toys that make sound or play songs. He is said to be introverted and likes to be held and to do activities in a walker. He has a good appetite and isn’t a picky eater. Michael is a sound sleeper and has normal defecation and urination.
SEPTEMBER 2015 UPDATE BELOW:
“Michael was holding up his head, rolling over, and starting to crawl, but he was unable to sit up or walk independently. Hel was babbling, responding to his caregiver’s voice, and was able to recognize his name. He drinks from a bottle, which he can hold on his own. He was said to be attached to his caregiver and was described as shy, affectionate, and smiley.”
JANUARY 2016 UPDATE BELOW:
How is his mental ability compared to peers the same age? He is relatively delayed in intelligence.
How does his special need affect his health? He has made progress quickly.
Is he potty trained? No, he is not potty trained.
Please describe his personality in details: He has a good temperament and likes smiling.
Is he well behaved and obedient? He behaves so well.
How are his gross motor skills? He can stand when holding fences.
How are his fine motor skills? His fine motor skills are almost normal.
How is his emotional development? Is the child attached to anyone? Does he care for other people? He is attached to his caretakers, but doesn’t know how to care for others.
How are his social skills? Does he get along well with other children and adults? He has poor social skills, but he is sociable.
Is he under foster care or living in the orphanage? He lives in the orphanage.
Updated measurements: Height: 83 cm Weight: 9 kg Head circ: 47 cm Chest circ: 49 cm Foot length: 11.5 cm Number of teeth: 4
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