We’ve gotten a bit behind on our introductions of new kids at Precious Kids Center. We grew so fast and things got hectic so we have many new friends that have yet to be introduced. Stay tuned for more posts introducing all of our new precious ones.
Favor is 29 years old, has Autism and is nonverbal. She came to us in 2015. Her mother is a single mother who struggles to provide for Favor and her two other daughters by working as a preschool teacher. The struggle with having a childlike Favor is that it isn’t safe to leave her at home unattended because it is very likely that someone will take advantage of her. So Favor’s mother brought her with her everywhere she went. The bigger challenge came when the various schools where her mother found work often fired her because they viewed Favor as a burden and distraction and did not want her around the school. Favor’s mother came to me one day nearly in tears and said that she didn’t know what to do. She said that she won’t leave Favor alone and vulnerable, but she is trying to put her other two daughters through university and can’t do that if she loses another job. I felt for this mother, left alone to provide for her family and because of the lack of understanding and acceptance in the community it was becoming even more difficult.
So Favor became a boarding student at Precious Kids School. Her education looks a little different than the other students because of her age. Her mother is a preschool teacher and understands the nature of her child’s disability and has realistic expectations of her progress. So I talked with her mother and we came up with a few skills that we would help Favor develop. Her mother suggested that we train her mostly in helping with housework and helping care for the children. She had tried to put Favor in school, but she never quite grasped the subjects that were being presented to her. So we let Favor decide where she wants to help out for the day, but she mostly loves hanging out with the laundry ladies. They give her the socks to wash right alongside them. She also helps take the clothes off the line and fold them at the end of the day.
Favor also is great with the other kids. Caleb and Japheth are her absolute favorites–she helps carry them to class in the mornings and bring them back and forth during changing times. She has a great personality and is rarely seen without a huge smile on her face.