Eliza is a very happy natured child who smiles and giggles a lot. She loves interaction and will respond positively, kicking her feet and moving her arms excitedly. Eliza particularily enjoys being sung to and loves to feel wind and sun on her face.
Eliza has a high level of medical and developmental needs. She receives physiotherapy, uses a feeding tube but is being slowly introduced to foods orally and takes medication for her seizures. Her seizures currently affect her sleep pattern but it is hoped that with change is her medication that this could be stabilized.
Eliza had a preference to look to her left but with regular use of her standing frame, her neck is much stronger and she is more able to hold her head straight. There are concerns about her vision, but the extent of her visual impairment is not known. Her foster carer has noticed that her vision seems to be improving and she has been observed to track light.
Eliza will be attending the Stephen Hawking Special School for two days a week from January 2012.
Eliza’s foster carer has embraced caring for Eliza and gives her a lot of one to one interaction and as a result of this, Eliza has made a lot of improvements due to this level of stimulation. Her carer describes Eliza as delightful and a very determined child who gives a lot back.
Contact Plan: Letterbox contact and possible direct contact
Legal Status: Care order and placement order
Ethnicity: Polish – birth mother / Pakistani – birth father
Family Needed: We are interested to hear from any family who feel they can meet Eliza’s needs. Support package to be explored.