Yasin is a 4 year old child who just happens to have cerebral palsy, a motor condition that affects physical development and body movement. He is hypotonic, which means that he is flaccid or floppy due to reduced muscle tone. The medical term used to describe the distribution of affected parts of Yasin’s body is diplegia. This means that his legs are affected more so than his arms. When he was small, he had infantile spasms. He still does, but to a lesser extent and is now on medication for it. He also has CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment) that was caused by brain injury at birth. For him, it means that he can see but his brain is not interpreting what is being seen. He also has delayed response to objects. But he always knows when we’re holding a bottle of his favorite pink milk in front of him! He babbles a lot and though he can’t yet move around to reach people, he has touched many people’s hearts.
He is a genial boy, with a cheeky smile, curly black hair and an adoring family. Yasin spent the first 3 years of his life in Jakarta, a pleasant, leafy city whose exuberant hand extended a warm welcome to us. Then, with the blink of a camel’s eye, Yasin hopped on a plane to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has found caring, supportive teachers and mentors who assiduously help Yasin with all aspects of his development. Yasin has a taste for Arab culture, and settled in brilliantly to the way of life there. Now, he is on the verge of moving to God-knows-where and takes pride in his cosmopolitan identity. This blog is about Yasin’s adventures as he struggles against discrimination and his physical impairments. Of course, he has fun like any other boy and delights in painting, play dough, swings, slides, merry-go-rounds, balls, swimming, and picture books.
Welcome to the adventures of Yasin. Just another rambunctious boy. Just another special kid. Stay a while. Delve into the world of special needs children.
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