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We are excited to share this update for Maria from September 2022. Our attorney met Maria and believes that Maria has a bigger potential compared to what she is showing now as the foster family is not prepared for such a child and does not work with her at all. They don’t practice sign language or give her any educational help. Her new report says the following:
Maria is a five-year-old smiling girl. She is calm around strangers and does not show aggression or auto-aggression. She doesn’t have a favorite toy but she shows interest in new toys especially the ones that make a sound or light up or rattle. She no longer likes to sit in her crib preferring to be on the floor and walking around the room. Maria now makes eye contact with people but does not follow simple commands like come here, get a snack, etc., During our visit however the foster mother told her to come and she did. She doesn’t say goodbye or kiss goodbye. She does not turn around when someone calls her name. She doesn’t speak but makes sounds when she wants something. She goes to a Day Center where she works for ½ hour with a psychologist, a speech therapist and a rehabilitator specialist. Specialists say they believe that by the age of seven and with a lot of work, Maria can learn to speak. We also advised the Day Center staff to work in the direction of her learning to express her wishes with non-verbal signs. They encourage her to get used to doing some things on her own such as giving her a spoon to get used to feeding herself. She doesn’t imitate animals or the hum of a car. She also goes to kindergarten. Until the placement in the first foster family, Maria was unable to walk. She now walks on her own but is still unsteady and needs help going up or down stairs. There are currently no food or drug allergies. She likes to eat everything. She also loves fruit, her favorite fruit being the peach. Maria needs constant care and supervision. She eats sitting on a chair, but even then she needs an adult by her side, because at any moment she may decide to get up from her chair and go for a walk. Maria likes to be among the grandchildren of the foster mother although she does not play with them. She sits next to them and plays in her own way. She likes to sit on the laps of the foster mother. She likes to have her hair stroked. She also likes to be outside. Due to the fact that she constantly and without warning changes the direction of walking and for her safety, the foster mother prefers to transport her in a stroller or by car.
Video – 9-26-22
This sweet girl is Maria. She was born April of 2017 and her diagnoses is moderate mental retardation. Please watch this site as our attorney plans to visit Maria very soon and will send new video, photos and information that we will post. The information we have now says the following: Upon consultation with a psychiatrist, a diagnosis was made of “Moderate mental retardation”. The psychiatrist says this is a significant behavioral disorder requiring care or treatment. Maria has difficulty expressing her thoughts due to a lack of vocabulary and speech. She does not have age-appropriate knowledge and skills. Maria does not easily accept people when first meeting them and she is a lethargic child. She does not show aggression when defending her belongings. She is passive. She can maintain eye contact for a longer period of time than she did before. She responds to her name but is still unresponsive to commands. She will walk quickly and then stop briefly and then continue. It is difficult to introduce her to a diet. At the moment, she does not understand the questions that are asked to her and does not have developed speech to answer. When communicating with others, she also uses non-verbal methods for better communication, such as shouting for more water or food.
We hope a family will be touched by this lovely girl and want to bring her home!
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