V is for Victory….or in our case, for Victor! The name “Victor” has its roots in the word “champion,” and we think Victor is working like a champion these days. Little Victor has been waiting for a family for a year and a half — since we first got to know him as a student in our Believe in Me Changzhi School in July 2011. At the time, he was just two years old and was quite introverted and isolated, and it was difficult for our teachers to get to know his personality. However, Victor’s teachers have been very enthusiastic about his progress!
Victor, who is now three-and-a-half years old, has a a nose malformation as well as some social, speech, and learning delays. The Believe in Me teachers have implemented a special teaching plan for Victor that includes a lot of love and care. In the past, Victor has not been comfortable being touched. As part of the plan, the teachers began approaching him slowly by giving him baby touches and light massage that they learned during LWB’s Teacher Training Trip this past summer. They were excited that this massage seemed to calm his sometimes antisocial behavior. He began to feel more comfortable in class and has even started to say some simple words such as, “Papa,” “Mama,” and “Goodbye”! He feels great affection for his teacher Mrs. Tan who does the massage with him. What great progress for this introverted boy!
Victor is beginning to be more social in class and is finally participating in the team activities rather than just observing. Although Victor doesn’t have any special friends yet, his teachers feel that soon he will learn how to make friends. In fact, just today we smiled to see this photo of Victor holding hands and making friends with one of the new students in class!
Victor’s teachers are very encouraged that he tries to wash the dishes by himself, comes to class on time and lines up properly when doing physical exercise.
We were also lucky to get a few video clips to see Victor in action. Watch in this first clip as Victor follows his teacher’s lead as he learns a children’s dance. Dancing is Victor’s favorite activity at school.
In this video clip, Victor has great eye contact with his teacher and is working hard to repeat some of the words she is saying. He appears to be doing his best to follow her instructions. We love his focus!
Victor has been making great progress in school. We are hopeful that there is a family who will believe in Victor as much as his teachers do. Victor is a champion in our book, and we would love to see a family become his champion and help him reach for the stars!
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