It is the end of the year and we would like you to get to know the girls we have yet to discuss. We have two sisters, Moni and Ana Gaby, who have been a source of great satisfaction for our home. Moni, the youngest of our residents, has been quite a joy.
Moni is ten years old and is characterized by her happiness, unassuming and perseverant personality. In a recent psycho-educational evaluation, her skills were below average. Despite this, it was observed that she was eager, resolute to get ahead, and wanted to stand out. As a result of her being disciplined, determined, and motivated, Moni has done remarkably well in school, obtaining above-average grades. This has further reinforced her enthusiasm and good-nature. In her therapy, at home, at school with the teachers and friends, Moni is a young girl who is well-liked and quite popular.
Moni’s sister, Ana Gaby, is 14 years old. Her situation is similar to Moni’s in that she also has limited intellectual skills. With her discipline and tenaciousness, however, Ana Gaby has obtained average and above-average grades. She started Jr. High School with a solid academic record. After the first few months, however, Ana Gaby began to slacken off, and her GPA declined (although still within the average range). In our opinión this decline is the consequence of her current stage of development, the influence of many factors, such as making new friends which becomes more important tan getting good grades, the emerging hormonal changes, and a general lack of interest in school achievement.
Ana Gaby is a sweet girl, with a strong personality. She gives us the impression that she has a healthy level of self-confidence. The good relationship between the sisters strengthens each one and allows both to be relatively independent of the other, getting their own relationships.
Karla is the next girl to celebrate her 15th birthday. Her lack of motivation and interest in her schoolwork has increased recently. She has become some what disruptive in class and enjoys getting involved in everything, except her schoolwork. Karla is basically a manageable young lady, yet, in school she is every thing but compliant. We also expect that she will take advantage of the help and support that is continually available to her.
Mercedes is the second oldest young lady in the house, having recently had her sixteenth birthday. For us as Puerta Abierta, Mercedes is a source of pride. When she arrived, Mercedes was a difficult girl; isolated, mysterious, constantly dissatisfied, distrusting of and conflicting with the other girls. Mercedes also did not demonstrate much self-confidence. Her academic performance was considerably below par.
With patience, a constant search for the right school setting and therapy to help her with her socio-emotional issues, Mercedes has finally come into her own. At this moment, she is about to finish a special education program at the Jr high school. Not only is it note worthy her recent academic success, we have seen a marked improvement in her attitude, self-confidence, and her ability to integrate with her house mates. Mercedes’ interest to continue her studies and start High School is quite admirable. Mercedes is growing and maturing nicely.
Juanita is 12 years old. She is unfortunately quite immature and is suffering considerably both academically and emotionally. Despite having had the necessary psycho-educational testing and having implemented the recommendations, improvements have been slow. Juanita, however, is an affectionate girl, and well-liked by adults. She has participated in a State-run chorus and has shown her self to be spontaneous and quite a natural. Juanita is also an excellent actress.
We believe that through art and kinesthesia, Juanita should be able to express her suppressed emotions. Time, affection, and a lot of patience should enable Juanita to make the same type of improvement as we observed with Mercedes.
Thank you all, for your constant support
We wrote previously about Lupita one of the triplets at Puerta Abierta. In this report we like to offer description of the other two sisters--Angeles and Chuy.
Angeles is the tallest of the three. When the triplets first arrived, we could not tell them apart. Now that we got to know them we can see the differences in their personalities, their interests and abilities.
The three of them arrived to Puerta Abierta when they were 7 years old and they will soon be celebrating their 12th birthday. Coming from an orphanage, the process of adaptation had been somewhat difficult for them, as they had to adjust to new rules and living habits. Despite this, Angeles showed superior social skills that made her popular with the rest of the girls.
Since their arrival, Angeles and Chuy have had a strong bond, Recently, however, they have had their differences in which they have been competing with each other. This competition sometimes deteriorates into power struggles.
Angeles is a feminine young lady, very sensitive and values the affection given by others, especially adults. She also demonstrates noteworthy art skills.
Given her current stage of development, Angeles is experiencing expected mood swings. With the help of her therapy, she is acquiring new insights into these changes.
María de Jesus, whose nickname is Chuy, is the third sister. Her personality has always been the strongest and most defined of the three, which at times leads her to be somewhat aggressive. Chuy has shown strong leadership in relation to her sisters. Despite the inevitable competition among the three of them, Angeles and Lupita have recognized her better decision-making skills.
Chuy has always done well academically although occasionally has suffered from a lack of motivation. She likes to read, is creative and perceptive, and shows an ability to learn other languages.
It is evident that Chuy has the necessary qualities that will allow her to be successful in her life.
In this up-date, I would like to describe the current situation of one of our girls of Puerta Abierta, Monica Margarita. She is 17 years old and finishing her sophomore year in High School. As the oldest of the 9 girls living at Puerta Abierta, Margarita has taken on an important leadership role. As a result of her emotional maturity, she has become a guide for the rest of the girls.
Given her age, Margarita is also exploring her independence from the group, and is showing interest in discovering more about herself. At times, this search has led her to be more self-centered which seems to us to be quite normal and expected for this stage of development.
We are aware that we have to help Margarita develop further her self-confidence and guide her to find the right balance between attending to her own psychological and emotional needs and, at the same time,being responsive to the feelings and needs of the rest of the family.
During her junior year, Margarita will also be taking courses for a technical degree. Doing so, she will be prepared in the near future, to work while she completes her undergraduate course work. Margarita is cognizant of the need to make a concerted effort to achieve her goals. We are all confident in her ability and will be available to help her in any way we can.
Lupita is one of the triplets who lives with us in Puerta Abierta. What distinguishes her from her other two identical twin sisters is the fact that she is a fraternal twin and therefore she does not resemble the other two physically. She became a member of our family when she was seven years old and since we met her, we could tell that she was an inquisitive, hyperactive and talkative little girl. Also because of this we immediately recognized that she had some language barriers that we’ve been helping her get through by talking her to speech therapy classes.
She is in a Montessori school, a learning school system that has been very helpful in developing her creative potential. She is enthusiastic, great with manual activities and her gross motor skills as well are impressive. Alongside four of our other girls she is interested in music and takes part in the state’s group choir. Aside from this we are also helping her out with her attention span problems, which consequently make her have some concentration issues when she is learning. Academically we offer her weekly academic regularization hours and next week she will start attending a learning therapy that also tackles the emotional side of therapy through art and play therapy. Her neurologist results show that she is getting good results, but it is essential to continue her treatment.
We are convinced that when an individual wants to be a successful person, it does not matter how many difficulties he or she has to overcome. We believe that Lupis (as we also call her) is one of these people and Puerta Abierta want to see her continues to make the efforts that we’ve so far seen her, do so that she can overcome anything.
As you all know all our girls attend private schools, 4 different schools as each one of them has a different need.
Mercedes will be 16 years old soon yet she only learned how to read and write at 9, whist in Mexico the average child is expected to read/write in first grade. She finished elementary school at 15 which prevents her from attending a regular high school. This is a consequence of governmental regulations regarding age limits.
At this time the only option for Mercedes would be a GED program. With your help she attends a private GED program for 3 hours daily and has extra tutoring at home. Still what she needs to accomplish is far. Mercedes needs a one to one basis and although her poor attention wasn’t taken care of before, the school she now attends shows support by dividing students into small groups so teachers can be attentive to her progress.
At home with Irma her tutor, what she learns is reinforced and her Spanish and Maths marks have improved.At her school the curricula is organized differently, students tackle one subject at a time for each middle school grade, once they achieve the marks they move to the next subject.
We are proud of her as she had her Spanish exam and got an good mark! She is having her math test this week and we have no doubt she will also thrive! She is a confident girl who enjoys learning despite difficulties and these results have kept her self-assured, becoming everyday a more-easy going and happy young girl!
Thanks for your support Mercedes will have a all the tools she needs to meet her goals!
Wait for our next report, you’ll get to know Lupis one our triplets!
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