The Faces of Special Needs
Angelina McFarlane, 3, has cerebral palsy as well as vision and hearing impairments. She receives physical, occupational, and speech therapy. "She's always willing to learn," says her mom, Judith Maysonet.
Meet Chloe and Daniel
Chloe and Daniel Molina, ages 3 and 5, have Autism and are nonverbal, but "we don't say 'I can't,'" says mother Lois. "We say 'doesn't yet.'"
Seven-year-old Maksim Brock has been diagnosed with sensory processing disorder and ADHD. His best quality, says his mom, Jennifer, is "his love for everything around him." Though school has presented challenges for him in the past, this year he's in an inclusion class and doing very well.
Michael Rahner, 4, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 18 months and cannot walk. His best friend is his 5-year-old brother, Lucas: "Their relationship is one in a million," says their mom, Silvanna.
Norma, nicknamed Xi'Xi, is 6. She was born in China with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, and at 18 months she was adopted by Cynthia and Patrick McLaughlin. After several surgeries and years of intensive therapy, she can walk on her own.
Rose Carney, 4, was born deaf, and at 9 months she received cochlear implants. She's very good at explaining what they are, says her dad, John. "She'll say, 'Some people use glasses to be able to see, and I use these to be able to hear.' That makes a lot of sense to little kids."
Siobhan O'Shea, 7, has Down syndrome. As a result of heart complications, she's had 17 cardiac procedures. But in many ways she's just like any other kid. "It is an amazing thing for her to be able to figure out what she wants and make it happen," says her dad, John.
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