Meet Samson. He is 6, soon to be 7.
Social Center report
SAMSON was born March 2017 in N*** city. He was the tenth child to his mother; father of the baby was unknown. He was born without any anomalies nor deformities. The baby had regular health status, slightly hypotonic. The baby was released from maternity ward with his mom. She took care of the baby for a year and seven months. The Mom made a request to the Social Center in K***, and the baby was placed to the foster family on October 15. 2018.
The baby is named S*** by the Social Center in K*** and upon request of the Public Registry office from the city of N**(baby’s place of birth). SAMSON is still accommodated with the same foster family. Soon after he was placed in the foster family, it was determined that boy was not immunized according to the plan, and that he was neglected in terms of elementary needs. This was the main reason of developmental delays.
Therefore, the Social Center directed foster family to take SAMSON to many exams, so they could have better picture of his developmental needs, mostly in the areas of psychological and speech development, including speech therapy sessions.
Stimulation within foster family had positive influence on SAMSON’s development and emotional stabilization. Until present, a part from regular visits to psychologist and neurologists (for a check-ups) there was no need for any other medical interventions. At the last check up by pediatrician (SAMSON was four years old) it was concluded that his weight and height correspond to his age group. Later on, he was included in the psychological treatment (within local Health Center), four times per year. In 2021, the birth mom gave her consent for adoption of minor SAMSON and the boy was listed for domestic adoption. This year, he was listed for inter country adoption.
The last Report of Psychologist (the date is not stated in the report) says that the boy has regular developmental and emotional status, easily establishes contact and very enthusiastic about playing, with slightly elevated activity. Positive progress is also registered in the area of perceptive skills. There is still need for speech therapy sessions, and it was recommended to the foster mom that most of the exercises can be performed at home as well. It was concluded that the boy’s intellectual achievements are slightly below average, most probably caused by deprivation in the early stage of his life. The boy has regular appetite, regulated sleeping habits, the foster mom reported some issues that happen occasionally, (no further explanation about frequency etc.) that could be described as secondary enuresis (bedwetting) and encopresis (involuntary passing the stool). Foster mom also reported that the boy is sometimes “absent” and that he complained few times that he doesn’t have fool control over his right side especially when he needs to practice writing etc. Therefore, the boy was sent for further checkups and examinations, (neurologist and neurophysiologist).
The boy was going to the kinder garden and he well accepted by other kids.
Summary of medical reports (dating from April 12, 19 and last one from May 5, 2023)
Current diagnosis: ZO3.2 (observation for suspected mental and behavioral disorders)
Due to enuresis (bedwetting) and encopresis (involuntary passing the stool), foster mom also reported that the boy is sometimes “absent” with (according to the boy), lack of fine control of the right side, combined with occasional loss of balance and falls, it was decided that further tests and examinations are needed.
EEG finding; within normal limits, (intermittent theta disfunction on both sides C-P-T) without epileptic changes.
Psychological retesting performed: QR 95 (average), RPM test (Raven’s Progressive matrices test, nonverbal test to measure general human intelligence) IQ 80
Neurological finding: without motor lateralization of the weakness on the right side (finding is regular and didn’t register any discrepancy related to problem with the right side, as it was reported in the anamnesis)
Revisk (Serbian) test (Revised test of intelligence, modified Wechsler’s test) (05. May 2023) performed without any discrepancy from normal results. IQv-89 (slightly below average), on verbal scale, no subregular results. Registered good perceptive skills on the test, as well as good abilities to spot the details, combined with below average ability for synthesis into a broader picture. The conclusion could be, that the boy, at this stage, is on below average level for general logical reasoning, compared to his age group.
SAMSON is well accepted by foster family as well as by other people that are in daily contact with him, he likes animals, likes outdoors activities in the backyard, likes riding bicycle, and he trains karate.
Currently, SAMSON is attending preschool classes within elementary school “S***“ in K**** (mandatory for all kids in Serbia, that are about to enter first grade of elementary school).
Our opinion is that permanent family environment will provide even better conditions for his emotional and intellectual development.
Center for Social Work City of K***
- February 2023