Fifteen-year-old Natasha is a loveable child who is affectionate, happy, and inquisitive. She greets acquaintances with a warm “hello” and a big hug. Although her speech is limited, she is able to articulate some words and use a few gestures of sign language. She will sometimes take her caregiver’s hand and gently guide her toward something she wants to see close up.
She is a super foodie, and her favorites include chicken nuggets, yogurt, and oatmeal and, like most teenagers, she loves snacks. Natasha’s idea of fun is enjoying the outdoors and playing on the slide or swing. To relax, she listens to music.
Natasha is gaining independence through learning daily living skills. She continues to show progress in all areas but needs a loving and committed family to help her reach her full potential and advocate for her through adulthood. Meanwhile, because of her developmental delays and health issues, Natasha lives in a therapeutic residential placement where she receives various therapies and supportive services.
Natasha will add joy to your family as you watch this kind and gentle teenager fulfill her potential.
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This post originally appeared on our September/October 2016 Magazine