Birth Date: May, 2004
Alyssa is a very loving and affectionate child with an infectious giggle. She gives affection freely and spontaneously. She loves animals and outdoor activities. Alyssa is very talkative, but her speech is somewhat difficult to understand. She receives speech therapy and is showing improvement. She has no difficulties making her feelings known. Alyssa really enjoys going to school and especially riding the bus. At school, she receives special assistance to help her work at her own pace. Alyssa does need assistance with focusing on tasks. She is very active and has difficulty sitting still for very long. Alyssa has had craniofacial surgery to reshape her head and enlarge her skull so her brain can develop fully. This will require long-term follow up. Overall, she is in excellent health. She has adjusted very well since having the surgery, but she has limitations in the ability to function in areas of daily living. Alyssa does have emotional outbursts at times and needs help to follow directions. She requires constant supervision. Her eating habits need to be monitored on a regular basis. She needs a family with patience and experience in dealing with children with special needs. She will do best in a family with reasonable expectations of her. Alyssa requires a consistent routine with immediate and consistent consequences. Parenting Alyssa requires unconditional love and acceptance and a lifetime of commitment to caregiving and advocacy.
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