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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

XiXi 3 years

Xixi is nearly 3 years old. He is a very affectionate child, hurrying towards people he knows with upraised arms, eager to be held, and wrapping his arms and legs tightly around the individual. He has been at the orphanage since infancy, and gets along well with the other children there. Xixi eats with good appetite and doesn't seem to be picky at all. He can be very dramatic, quickly bringing on tears if he wants attention, and just as quickly breaking into smiles when he has been comforted. Xixi is a bit reticent around strangers, but bonds very strongly once a person has won his trust. He really seems to long for love, and I think he will have no major problem adjusting to a family. Xixi is a little slow to accept new people, but attaches strongly once he warms to them. He is very affectionate, loves to be held, and will often hurry over to a person and hold his arms up to be picked up, wrapping his arms and legs tightly around the person. He loves to play in a calm way; rough-housing sometimes scares him a bit. Always eager with his dimpled smile, his laughter is infectious. He enjoys riding around on cars, pushing others on cars, and playing with others.Visiting therapists said that Xixi seems quite high-functioning, and would likely fit in well with a new family. He is eager for love, and would be a bright spot and a blessing for any family that decided to adopt him.

XiXi - Doing well with walking. He is climbing up onto things and in and out of the car. He is able to push the horn in the car. He was willing to participate with the drawing activities (scribbling for his age) with the other children. He has good sitting balance on the gym ball and able to maintain his balance when the ball was moved in all directions. While sitting on the ground, he does maintain a wide base of support (as is typical for Down Syndrome). He is able to hold the crayon with his 3 fingers in an immature grip. He was able to run and get in and out of the car on his own.

Special Need: Down Syndrome

NanNan almost 7 years old

NanNan was abandoned at 3 or 4 years old. He is a very energetic boy who can be mischievous, but responds well to attention and having his energy channeled into more productive areas. He enjoys being given helpful tasks to do, and is proud of himself when he achieves anything. He has a very healthy appetite and will eat almost anything, but has a special fondness for sweats. NanNan responds well to love, and would adapt well to having a permanent family. He is an active child who enjoys physical play. He plays chase with his friends, rides cars or bikes, plays ball, imitates the actions of actors on TV, dances to music, and draws or colors simple pictures. He can turn on the TV and water tap, can read facial expression when others praise or reproach him. He is independent for basic things such as putting on his own clothes and shoes, washing himself, going to the bathroom by himself, and feeding himself with a spoon. His appetite is excellent, and he has quite a sweet tooth. He is frequently helpful by offering to help the ayis mop the floor or clean the tables. NanNan is physically healthy. No heart or thyroid issues have been detected. When he had a CT scan on his head, nothing unusual was detected.

Nan Nan- Doing well with his gross motor skills. Runs well. He was able to maintain his balance well on the gym ball when it was moved in all directions. He has some discipline issues but responds well when given attention. Following a little bit of one on one attention, he was able to be redirected and was no longer seeking out the negative attention. He loves to play. He responds well when other children want to hug him.

Special Need: Downs Syndrome

Qui 12 years old

Just look at this precious boy!!!!!!!!!!!! He desperately needs his forever family!

Qiu is an exceptional 11 year old boy. He
is an especially sweet and helpful little boy. Qiu is very dramatic and creative, and will imitate the actions of TV actors, dance with the music, and paint simple pictures. One of his favorite things to do is sing karaoke, and he will use any opportunity to perform for his audience. He is very energetic, and loves riding his bike or cars around and playing on the playground. He is sensitive to other’s moods, and can read facial expressions when others are praising or reproaching him. He can turn on the TV and water tap, and generally is independent for basic things like putting on his own clothes and shoes, bathing himself, going to the bathroom, and feeding himself. Jin Qiu loves to help, and offers to assist the ayis by mopping the floor, cleaning the tables, and quickly reacting when the other kids have fallen down by rushing to pick them up. If he does not feel well, he knows how to go to our clinic and point at his stomach to communicate his discomfort.

Qiu is physically healthy. No heart or thyroid issues have been detected. Qiu is 11 years old, and needs a family soon, or he will be stuck in the government care system his whole life. He is a very sweet, loving boy, and would be a blessing to any family that adopted him!

Qiu - He has high level gross motor skills. He is able to run and jump rope. Grip strength is good as he was able to squeeze a water bottle and was able to hold a pencil appropriately. Given a sample of 3 shapes, he is able to draw a circle, approximate a square and triangle. He is able to draw a vertical line. He is very affectionate. He wants to please those around him as demonstrated by his willingness to help. He was able to follow visual instructions to assist with the sensory activities with the other children. He was very kind and gentle with his dealings while doing these activities. He also was willing to help the Ayis with folding the diapers each afternoon. He follows a routine well as even at 11 years old, he was able to take a mid-afternoon nap while the younger children were napping. I think he has great potential for learning academic skills as he willingly participated with quiet activities when others were running around. He does love to sing and dance but will sit and cuddle, given the opportunity.