We knew that as an orphan in the poorest province in China there was very little chance Micaelyn had been treated for hypoglycemia, so we also knew there was a significant possibility she would have noticeable intellectual deficiencies. Thus we weren't surprised as we started trying to teach her different things (e.g. colors, letters) that she was having difficulty. I first started trying to formally teach her a preschool curriculum at 4 years old, but it quickly became obvious she just wasn't ready for the material. We eventually enrolled her in a really good preschool, and it didn't take long before the teachers suggested to us she had some learning disabilities. We ended up holding off on sending her to kindergarten, so she didn't start until this school year (she is 7 years old right now). Thankfully my prayers for her to have a good teacher were answered, and she not only has a wonderful teacher but also has some great tutors as well. They even enrolled her in an after school enrichment program where she gets further help in her academic material. Overall she is doing well, and we are very pleased with her progress. It may involve more work and take her a little longer but we feel confident that with time, extra help, and the right motivation Micaelyn will do fine in school.
At this point Elianna does not appear to have any learning disabilities, though since she just turned 2 it would be nearly impossible to rule them out. However, because she was born in the US, was diagnosed with BWS as a newborn, and received all the appropriate medical treatment we have no concerns about intellectual deficiencies resulting from untreated hypoglycemia.
Here are a few pictures from last fall (and late summer). My computer got fried as a result of lightening striking our house so I am just now getting back to blogging and figured I'd include some older pictures.
|Last September, a rare glimpse of Elianna with her mouth closed.|