Jonathan [cq] may be just 4-years-old, but he is already exceeding expectations. “Initially, doctors thought Jonathan would be wheelchair bound,” says youth advocate Monique Cabelka. But Jonathan had other plans. He was sedentary when he first joined the busy household, recalls foster parent Norma Horne. “But, mimicking the other kids, he started crawling very quickly,” she says, adding that Jonathan started walking in December.
“He found he could chase the dog and he could keep up with the kids,” Horne says. Medical challenges have contributed to development delays, but Jonathan continues to make developmental advances. “He knows all his alphabet letters,” Horne says. “He knows all his numbers up to 10. He knows his colors. He knows all his shapes. He loves, loves, loves music.”
While Jonathan faces ongoing medical issues, “managing Jonathan’s medical needs is not hard,” Horne says. The ideal forever family for Jonathan would include two parents. Ideally, one of them would be a stay-at-home parent who can provide one-on-one attention and teaching. Having other children in the family would also benefit Jonathan because “he is able to mimic and learn things from other kiddos his age when playing with them,” says Cabelka.
For more information about Jonathan, please contact AASK at (602) 930-4900 or via e-mail at Info@aask-az.org.