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A Hope For My Angel

9 May 2010 No Comment
By: Jocelyn Ortega-Tiplani

On July 28, 1997, I gave birth to a chubby baby girl whom I’ve named JOHAIRA. Rah-Rah as the family fondly calls her, is really an angel. She doesn’t cry much and always smiles whenever a member of the family plays with her.

When Rah-Rah was four months old, I would leave her with my parents and her yaya whenever I go to work. She is usually left in her crib with her toys because my parents were quite old that they couldn’t play with her. She was only out of her crib during mealtime and when it was time for her bath. This routine continued until she was three years old.
I was a bit surprised when she only started to walk and talk in syllables at the age of 3, but I just told myself it is because she was always in her crib. Whenever we call her, she always gives her sweet smile which means that she is responding. Every time she hears music, she jumps up and down and dances happily. If she wants something, she will come to me or to the other members of the household then she will just point the things she wants. She can already recognize people around her and name some animals and objects like DOG, MIMING (cat) and MOON. But whenever my daughter is with other children, I could see the difference. Her younger cousins can talk in complete sentences while my daughter can only talk in syllables. Then I just told myself that Rah-Rah is a late bloomer.
At the age of five I enrolled her in a nursery school but the teacher commented that she is not ready and that she should be sent to a special school. She manifested behaviors of a child with learning disability. A friend of my sister informed me about TOGETHER which I immediately sought.
It inspired me to know that my little angel has a chance after all. It’s been almost a year now since Rah-Rah has been with TOGETHER. I’ve noticed many developments in my daughter in which I am grateful for. I am so thankful that a center like this has been put up for special angels and most of all to God for giving me hope, for my Rah-Rah is His gift to us.

On July 28, 1997, I gave birth to a chubby baby girl whom I’ve named JOHAIRA. Rah-Rah as the family fondly calls her, is really an angel. She doesn’t cry much and always smiles whenever a member of the family plays with her.

When Rah-Rah was four months old, I would leave her with my parents and her yaya whenever I go to work. She is usually left in her crib with her toys because my parents were quite old that they couldn’t play with her. She was only out of her crib during mealtime and when it was time for her bath. This routine continued until she was three years old.
I was a bit surprised when she only started to walk and talk in syllables at the age of 3, but I just told myself it is because she was always in her crib. Whenever we call her, she always gives her sweet smile which means that she is responding. Every time she hears music, she jumps up and down and dances happily. If she wants something, she will come to me or to the other members of the household then she will just point the things she wants. She can already recognize people around her and name some animals and objects like DOG, MIMING (cat) and MOON. But whenever my daughter is with other children, I could see the difference. Her younger cousins can talk in complete sentences while my daughter can only talk in syllables. Then I just told myself that Rah-Rah is a late bloomer.

At the age of five I enrolled her in a nursery school but the teacher commented that she is not ready and that she should be sent to a special school. She manifested behaviors of a child with learning disability. A friend of my sister informed me about TOGETHER which I immediately sought.

It inspired me to know that my little angel has a chance after all. It’s been almost a year now since Rah-Rah has been with TOGETHER. I’ve noticed many developments in my daughter in which I am grateful for. I am so thankful that a center like this has been put up for special angels and most of all to God for giving me hope, for my Rah-Rah is His gift to us.

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