11 years

ID# MB8787

Sean is a boy who is caring, empathic, and looks out for his peers. That big heart of his has led to being very well-liked by his peers. Engaging and friendly, Sean enjoys joking around. He also likes to show off his artistic interests and skills through drawing and coloring, and even through writing. He loves animals (especially dogs!), and one day would like to be a zookeeper. His love of animals first started when he fell in love with the movie The Lion King. Sean continues to enjoy movies, as well as playing board games and going to the library.

Sean, who is developmentally much younger than his chronological age, is benefitting from school and counseling resources. Sean’s counseling participation is helping him to increase his social skills, communication techniques, and healthy coping skills. Sean is learning to better manage his attention difficulties and high energy, and lessen his impulsiveness and feelings of stress. This assists him to increase his emotional regulation, and continue to develop prosocial behaviors.

His ability to be redirected is a strength at school and at home. Sean is most successful when he has a caring adult nearby to supervise and give him verbal cues to assist him in following directions, engage in social interactions, and in self-care activities. Sean needs a family that has experience with kids who are concrete thinkers and who do not readily grasp social cues and nuanced behavior. Sean’s case manager reports that he continues to make steady progress, and is more open to processing his thoughts and feelings.

Sean is currently in 8th grade for the 2016-17 school year. At the end of his 7th grade year, Sean was proud to receive an award for Academic Achievement and Citizenship.  Sean’s teacher called him a “Rock Star.” He was the resident class artist. Art continues to be a passion for Sean and a very useful calming mechanism, too. Sean was chosen as one of five students to represent his peers at his school’s groundbreaking ceremony!

Sean is now eligible for special services and does not need to wait until he is 18 to be able to utilize them. They will be available to the family who adopts Sean, who has met the eligibility requirements to receive services through Developmental Disability Services.

A family with parent(s) who are experienced with children who have special needs like Sean’s, and who will be committed to him will be a wonderful fit; Sean will likely need lifelong advocacy and support from his adoptive family. Providing Sean with good structure, routine, and clear expectations and limits will help him feel secure and safe. A plus, would be a family that has pets since Sean has a huge heart for animals! If this describes your family, you will want to learn more about this delightful boy!

If you are interested in providing nurturing and love for Sean or for any other Special Needs Children, please call our office @ 419-726-5100 for further information.

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