Age: 9 years
The names are fictional, but the ages are approximate. For the protection of the children and confidentiality, we do not include photos.
Katy, a 9-year-old girl from Kharkiv, has had a challenging upbringing. She was born into a troubled family, and her mother, unable to care for her, entrusted her to her sister who had already adopted Katy's older brother. Unfortunately, circumstances took a turn for the worse when the sister's husband passed away, causing Katy's brother to experience developmental delays. Additionally, a traumatic incident involving her brother scared Katy, leading her to stop speaking.
Currently, Katy and her foster mother face difficulties in their lives. The foster mother is unable to afford the services of a speech therapist or provide professional assistance to help Katy overcome her challenges. Despite their efforts to support her, they recognize the need for specialized help.
When Katy arrived at our center, she displayed significant emotional withdrawal. She remained silent, often crying when separated from the educators. Establishing a connection with her proved to be a considerable challenge. However, with love, acceptance, and a nurturing environment, progress began to unfold.
Today, Katy is engaging more actively with other children, participating in play and communication. Although she is still nonverbal, she has started using simple phrases like "yes," "no," "mama," and "let's go." Notably, she now feels comfortable being on her own with the educators, demonstrating increased independence and reduced anxiety.
We are committed to providing Katy with the necessary support, understanding, and resources to help her overcome her past experiences and further develop her communication skills and overall well-being.