When Little Chick was first placed with us there were a few question marks over his mobility. These have since been clarified by the local authority medical examiner. Still, his movements were slow and unsteady: often his bearing resembled a weary pensioner rather than an energetic toddler. Over time, he has grown more secure with us and this has been reflected in his physical actions. He now appears more comfortable in his body.

Now that he is happier and more settled, he is filling in gaps in his development. He is hopping and jumping regularly, not brilliantly, but better and certainly with more confidence. Noticeably, he is running more and encouraging us to catch him. His shrieks of delight make me smile and my heart almost hurts with pride. We are also encouraging him to catch items, throwing them gently to him. He has a great arm and throws well, but, as a glasses wearer, his ability to catch is compromised by his peripheral vision.

He is filling in the gaps in other areas of development too, more willingly engaging in games of peekaboo and developing an interest in hide and seek. While we find these games somewhat tedious (I am not great at feigning surprise when he reveals himself, having been in plain sight the whole time). they encourage us that he is building more secure object permanence (the understanding that objects continue to exist even when they cannot be perceived). It is especially important that he knows we still exist when we cannot be seen, heard, or felt. He can be reassured that we are there for him even if we are not physically present.

Little Chick tries so hard to improve and is desperate to be bigger and better after a tricky start to life. He is playing catch up, but his attitude reassures us that he can meet his potential.

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