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Thursday, January 26, 2017
China Trip: Meet Silas
Today, I'd like to introduce you to Silas.
Silas is a healthy 10 year old boy. He has only been at the orphanage since 2014. His referral states that the name the orphanage gave him means they hope he will thrive happily.
Silas is a quiet, well mannered boy, who seemed bright and capable.
He waited patiently when we needed to wait, whether at the park or at a restaurant.
It was a treat to assess Silas. After assessing kids by asking them to copy a circle or a + sign with a crayon, Silas wrote his name for us in Chinese characters. He read aloud for us from a book. His referral states he can add and subtract.
Shannon gave him a Lego set so we could see his fine motor skills. Obviously, they're perfect. He spent the next 20 minutes or so putting it together, following the picture directions step by step.
Even when we interrupted him for silly things like reciting poetry, he was good natured and compliant.
His special need is listed as development delays, which means an interested family should be prepared to advocate for him to have an IEP in school, but he's a lovely boy. He has a $3,000 grant toward the fees for his adoption. Please let me know if you would like more information about shy Silas.
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