Gabby from North Carolina

Hopscotch Adoptions Inc.

  • Age7
  • GenderF
  • LocationNorth Carolina
  • Case #Gabby

Gabby was born in May 2010 and has been diagnosed with microcephaly and cognitive delay.

Update July 2017: Gabby is a very agile girl with well-developed visual-motor coordination who walks independently with a slightly unstable gait. She cuts and colors, but without precision, and has some overall fine motor delays. She is not yet able to label basic colors or shapes or to describe the position of one object in relation to another. While still easily distracted, Gabby can focus sufficiently to complete a given task when it is of interest to her. She understands and follows single step instructions related to everyday activities, desires attention from those around her, and actively seeks closeness with familiar adults. Gabby engages with her peers, maintains friendships, and enjoys group activities especially when movement is involved. She follows rules and respects the authority of her foster family. Gabby maintains good personal hygiene but is not yet toilet trained.

2015: Gabby is an extremely active child who can be stubborn when things are not going her way. She frequently refuses joint attention, obedience, and cooperation in learning and other activities and, while she understands verbal instructions, she follows them only when she wishes. Due to these behaviors, it is difficult to accurately assess Gabby's skills and knowledge. Gabby can also be cheerful and sociable, filling a room with laughter, and enjoying cuddles with adults.

Gabby struggles to focus, but can keep her attention longer on preferred objects or activities. She scribbles with a pen and enjoys playing with balls. She can feed herself with a spoon and drinks from a cup. Gabby makes eye contact and responds to her name. She speaks words and sentences, but her pronunciation is incorrect.

Gabby's chromosome analysis, CT scan, thyroid exam, and EEG are normal. She has been working with various specialists over the years, including a psychologist, speech therapist, Montessori therapist, and a pedagogue. Gabby does not attend daycare because she is unable to adapt to the routines in this setting. She is very attached to her foster mother and it is difficult to separate Gabby from her.

Weight at birth: 2.300 kg Weight May 2017: 20.5 kg

Height at birth: 51 cm Height May 2017: 124 cm


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