When we first arrived home, I was very concerned about Kaelyn's development. We noticed in China that she did not know how to play and would rub her fingers on various textures. I figured this would change once home because we have a plethora of toys to choose from. It did not, and has not changed. Initially, we would sit on the floor and try and show her how to play. The moment we left her side she would make a bee line for the couch, sit down, and rock back and forth. The word "autistic" jumped to the forefront of my mind. Over the last few weeks she has slowly changed. I would still say that she does not know how to play. But, she no longer sits on the couch and rocks. She loves her baby doll and the highchair. Kaelyn doesn't actually play with it, but does show an interest. The finger feeling is still very dominate.
|She loves her mama and her baby doll|
Her language is slowly coming along. I would venture to guess that she has around twenty English words. It is important to remember that just a year and a half ago she made no sounds. So, it seems logical for her to be at the development level of a one and a half year old with language. Factor in the severe neglect and it makes sense that her language is not exploding. We patiently teach her and look forward to the day when she is able to express herself with more words. I am confident we will get there.
|Spending time outside|
It seems that Kaelyn's vision is a little better than Nathaniel, who is significantly better than Lily. The Dr. wants to try glasses to see if that will help her a little. I do plan on teaching her to use a cane. Her inability to see changes in the environment makes her an unsteady walker at times. She will stop dead in her tracks when she suspects that there might be a step. A cane would giver her the confidence to plow forward.
It is important for me to remember her accomplishments so I am going to list them out here and praise God for the strides we have made.
- Communicate some basic needs
- Sort five different colors
- Knows red and yellow
- Counts to 10 with some help
- Can do simple puzzles
- Progressing with the stacking cups
- Can walk on the grass, step up on the low deck, and step down. (This was a huge issue at first)
- Throw and catch a ball
- Name everyone in the family
- Pets the dog
|At first she wanted nothing to do with the slide. Look at that joy!|
Kaelyn is such a sweet and easy child to have; a wonderful addition to our family. Even though we have many concerns we have never regretted bringing her home. I love her smile, laughter, and sweet spirit. We are very blessed to have her in our lives.
|Not too sure about the trampoline|
|She doesn't really get the point of sidewalk chalk, but we keep trying.|
|Watching Fresno's Chinese New Year Parade|
|This little girl loves music. A must for our family!|