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
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