Malachi is an energetic, personable, and friendly boy with a bright smile! He loves to volunteer to help with things and is generally content and even-tempered. He can often be found smiling and laughing when interacting with others and is very good at complimenting others on their good work. He can be supportive of his peers and loves to give verbal praise and urge others to do their best, although he may need a competent adult to intervene when issues over rules arise. Malachi doesn’t mind entertaining himself doing arts and crafts, or playing for hours on end with toy cars, board games, cards, and Legos. Malachi especially likes playing car racing video games. His all-time favorite cartoon character is SpongeBob Squarepants! Other favorite pastimes for Malachi are riding his bike and going swimming at the YMCA.
Malachi, who enjoys riding the bus to school, is in 4th grade in a self-contained classroom where he can get the support that he needs. Malachi does best with a very simple, consistent schedule with visual reminders about how to transition between activities. A token board is used to reward him for making good choices and transitioning well. Malachi has lunch and recess with the general school population. In class, he enjoys the use of technology, but can have a hard time putting the iPad away when it’s time to move on. He is learning about time limits and expectations in regards to classroom behavior. He responds well to praise and having choices and time to consider them. Malachi has visual, hearing and motor skills needs. He wears glasses, has a hearing aid, wears orthotic shoes, and participates in speech and occupational therapies.
Malachi would benefit from parents who can closely supervise him and provide extensive support when it comes to transitions and clearly define the expectations. He responds well to positive reinforcements and praise, and having a “safe place” to go to when upset so he can cool down.
Malachi enjoys being part of a group and would fit into a family that understands trauma, grief, and loss, and how these experiences play out in a child with developmental delays. Malachi’s behavior can sometimes stem in part from his lack of communication skills. Malachi is closely bonded with the three siblings who reside in Washington in separate adoptive homes. He maintains contact with them via Skype and in-person visits when possible. We are looking for an adoptive family that will continue to support these important connections.
An ideal family for Malachi will understand trauma, grief and loss and have solid knowledge of how such experiences play out in a child with developmental delays. Malachi would benefit from a two-parent home with a stay-at-home parent who can explain and help him process events, and who could help him identify his feelings and understand cause/effect. Malachi would do well with older kids in the home who could serve as positive role models. He will do best in a home that has no pets. Malachi craves a positive male figure in his life as this is something he has not had. A family with experience parenting or working with children who have developmental needs would be a benefit.
Malachi’s family will need to be able to advocate for his needs within the school and community environment. If you would enjoy having a terrific little boy with a great sense of humor and a very social personality, you will want to learn more about Malachi and how he could fit right into your family.
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If you are interested in providing nurturing and love for Malachi or for any other Special Needs Children, please call our office @ 419-726-5100 for further information.