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We are excited to receive new information from March, 2022 for sweet Ricardo including video footage. Ricardo was born April of 2015. He is said to be definitely improving. Our Bulgarian staff conducted the update in person and said the following: Ricardo is now walking steadily and independently. He is eating unpasteurized food and this is a big progress for him! The diagnoses for Ricardo is malformative stigmas, generalized muscle hypotension, congenital heart malformation – persistent foramen ovale and persistent pulmonary hypertension and physical retardation. He is a calm child but also sociable. He is curious and is interested in new things. Ricardo is developing in a positive direction and is making a little progress every day! He remembers objects and people that are part of his daily life. Ricardo works with a psychologist twice a week, speech therapist – 1-2 times a week, rehabilitator – once a week, conducts occupational therapy and water therapy once a week and works to overcome the oral fixation – to put things in his mouth – which has decreased significantly. The intellectual development is below the age norms – he still doesn’t speak but he repeats syllables and he makes sounds. He understands and executes simple commands – on my invitation to give me the wooden particles, he was giving them to me one by one with a sweet smile. His attention is more stable now. He plays with toys and with the help of an adult he keeps his attention more on a toy or an object. He passes a toy on request and can remove toys from the toy basket. When an adult teases him, he reacts positively. He can do a “finger fight”. He sleeps peacefully at night for about 10-11 hours. He is ticklish. He loves attention and is looking for it! He loves to be hugged and cuddled.
Ricardo is a sweet and charming boy! He is well cared for and since he is not being sick so often (as before, which imposed going to hospital often), he is making a steady progress in his development. He is a very sociable and emotional boy, who is attached to the staff of the Center. We believe that he will continue making progress and especially if he can be in a loving family environment. I am sure that this boy will thrive on the love and attention of his family. He is used to having children around him, so he will be happy to have brother and/or sisters. We pray that this sweet boy finds his forever family soon!
Video from 3-2022
Please read about sweet Ricardo, born April of 2015. His information is taken from a very current report from January, 2022.
Little Ricardo was born with some pretty big issues on his plate. He is diagnosed with macrocephaly, hepatosplenomegaly and nonspecific reactive hepatitis however at this time he is said to have satisfactory overall condition. He lags behind in the neuro-psychological development. He has good emotional tone, plays, teases, and makes sounds but does not talk. He is eating well and has no allergies to food and drugs. He is often hospitalized and treated for acute catarrh of the upper respiratory tract and ear infections. He has Cryptorchidism
Motor Skills – He walks steadily, still on a wide base and with a slightly swaying gait. He runs at a moderate pace. The movements are confident when moving in space. He squats and gets up, but often uses a stand-up support. He goes up and down stairs with the support of an adult. He has well-developed skills, as well as motivation for climbing soft modules, overcoming obstacles. He can catch and throw a small ball.
Fine Motor Skill – Uses his palm with a two-finger and three-finger grip for small objects. He can take toys out from a basket by him-self and turn on musical toys.
Psychological status – The child uses basic ideas about the world around him. There is a need for frequent tactile stimulation with easily accessible stimuli from the environment. There is still a need for oral self-stimulation, but it is situational.
Attention – With help from a specialist, he can now concentrate for longer periods of time while sitting and manipulating toys and objects. He keeps the attention on toys with light and sound effects for a long time.
Memory- at the moment the child acquires new knowledge about the environment through repeated observations and repetitions of activities, events and situations. He can memorize objects and people who are part from his everyday life. Recognized important to him people (adult and children).
Thinking – Thinking is visual. He knows how to secure the attention of an adult, but lacks an understanding of the other’s emotions as a result of his actions.
Intellect: intellectual development is below the norm for age – the child’s CDR is 26 – severe lag behind the norm (according to the tools for assessing the early childhood development of Manova-Tomova).
Emotional development: Expresses basic emotions of joy and anger. He reacts with laughter at pleasure activities. Facial expression is observed with interest. Initiates interaction with an adult in order to obtain or reach a desired object, as well as to interact and receive attention. Reacts positively to praise and negatively to frustration with sounds, expression, clapping. He can be redirected to another interesting object. There is a stabilization of the emotional state.
Speech-language skills and communication– Has stable eye contact. Produces sound combinations without meaning.
Development of the personality: He can carry out direct physical interaction for example take an adult to a place he wants. He looks at his image in the mirror and smiles.
Orientation in interpersonal relations – He initiates contact with adults and children. There is progress in terms of enjoyment of interaction with other children.
Play activity – The child plays mostly independently, but shows a desire for contact and interaction with other children. Individual games include mostly tactile and visual familiarization with objects. He is interested in musical toys and objects that emit sounds, in solid objects that emit a loud sound (when thrown).
Household and hygienic habits – Needs full help with all aspects of bathing, dressing, diapering etc. He is trying to learn to eat on own.
We will need a really special family knowledgeable in his medical issues to step forward for his adoption.
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