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Alicia, Age 8, Colombia

Alicia is described by her caregivers as being a warm and engaging young girl who is affectionate, fun-loving and has a generally calm demeanor. Alicia has been living in a children’s home since shortly after her birth, where she has been, and continues to be, supported by an adult caretaker and a professional team.

Alicia was diagnosed with global developmental delay (including an expressive language deficit), focal symptomatic epilepsy (a type of epilepsy where people have both generalized and focal seizures), right- sided hemiparesis (weakness of one entire side of the body) and Intermittent exotropia (a form of eye misalignment). She currently receives seizure medication to treat her condition.

Alicia’s development presents more accurately as a 3-year-old girl’s chronological age and she requires constant support carrying out daily activities. She needs help eating but also enjoys feeding herself. She finds it difficult to get dressed by herself and needs support when walking due to severe bilateral retraction of the Achilles tendons which prevents her from completely resting her feet on the floor.

Alicia receives special education supervision at the children’s home and does not attend school. She receives weekly personalized physical therapy to support her psychomotor development and assist her walking and functional skills. She also receives hearing and language intervention to support her communication and cognitive skills. With dedication and support, she is making great strides in every area of her development!

Alicia has been able to develop strong emotional bonds with her caregivers and the support team at the children’s home, which has enhanced her ability to acquire new skills. Alicia expresses joy while playing games with her adult caregivers and loves swinging, roller coasters and riding in her wheelchair. Her caregiver commented: “She’s so sweet, loves to be walked or played with. She’s a special girl - so warm and engaging! She went down the slide and was in heaven.”

It was noted that Alicia sometimes struggles with social issues like interaction and participation in games with peers and would benefit from opportunities to engage in education programs with other children that might present her with the opportunity to practice these skills more in the future.

To learn more about Alicia, contact our Adoption Team at 212-400-8150 or email us at info@spence-chapin.org.