- LocationNorth Carolina
- Case #Gwen
Gilbert and Gwen were born in March 2009 and August 2010, respectively. Both are in good health and have been diagnosed with atypical autism and delayed physical and cognitive development. Gilbert also has diagnoses of aortic stenosis and infantile cerebral palsy (mild lower spastic paraparesis). Gwen is said to have hyperflexible joints.
Gilbert is a lively boy who likes to run and enjoys playing with a ball. He understands and follows simple directions after several reiterations. Gilbert makes some sounds but has no purposeful speech or nonverbal means of communication. He is oriented in known environments, distinguishes familiar from unfamiliar faces, and listens to the speech of others. Although not interested in most joint activities, he has a brief attention span for playing with an adult. Gilbert does not show interest in interacting with other children unless one of them takes a toy of his. He feeds himself and is working on toilet training. Gilbert attends a specialized Kindergarten.
Gwen is a generally calm girl with some anxiety and outbursts of distress, which have lessened over time. When upset, she self-soothes by shaking her head from side to side and making repetitive sounds. She also calms when hugged by an adult. Gwen has no speech but babbles syllables and communicates her wants and needs with gestures. She enjoys physical contact from adults, especially being cuddled and carried, although she does not appear to have an emotional attachment to any of her caregivers. Gwen does not interact with other children and does not show interest in group games or activities. She rarely plays with toys but prefers objects that make noise, paper, and water bottles. Gwen feeds herself and is working on toilet training. She attends a specialized Kindergarten.
Gilbert Weight at Birth: 1.400 kg Gilbert Height at Birth: 38 cm Gilbert Weight Feb 2017: 17 kg Gilbert Height Feb 2017: 113 cm
Gwen Weight at Birth: 1.480 kg Gwen Height at Birth: 42 cm Gwen Weight Feb 2017: 15 kg Gwen Height Feb 2017: 107 cm
THIS CHILD MUST BE ADOPTED FROM THE FOREIGN COUNTRY OF HIS/HER RESIDENCE.
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