Jermarion, who is funny and charming, has a good imagination and a big, bright smile. He is doing well in his new group care setting that allows him the stability and consistency he needs. He’s a happier boy these days, and is now engaging in full conversations with those around him. This darling and creative boy truly needs to have nurturing parent(s) who understand the daily needs of a child struggling with lots of energy and moderate developmental delays.
While he is showing an increase in his ability to engage with his peers in a classroom setting, his delays still impact his social, behavioral, intellectual, and speech abilities. He still struggles with the give and take of playing successfully with others, so it’s good to make sure that a caring adult is nearby to redirect as needed, reminding him to share and to use his words to let others know what he wants or needs.
Jermarion needs an adult who is willing to invest daily the time and attention to help him learn simple tools and strategies so that he can cope in positive ways with frustration. Having someone who can be his educational and development advocate, who makes sure that a caring adult at home or school is there to provide the healthy, structured outlets and redirection he needs to manage his energy and keep him focused would go a long way toward making a difference in Jermarion’s life.
Fortunately, Jermarion enjoys playing outside with sports equipment and absolutely loves shooting basketballs! He also enjoys being helpful and willingly does cleaning activities such as washing the dishes and vacuuming. This winter, he’s been having fun playing outside in the snow whenever possible, and building with Legos.
With his new placement, Jermarion is also in a new school where he is maintaining better behaviors than in his previous school. Now in a fourth grade self-contained classroom, Jermarion qualifies as a student with a developmental disability. It is most likely that he will require extra academic and behavioral supports and special education services throughout his childhood and adolescence. He enjoys reading and PE, and is learning division! Having adoptive parent(s) who will see that he has good vocational resources available to him as an older adolescent will help prepare Jermarion for adulthood and having some level of independence.
While Jermarion’s social worker would love to find a solid couple who could share the parenting, she also would love to hear from those single moms and dads with good parenting skills and solid support from family, friends, and community resources. It is important, too, for his adoptive folks to make sure he has the therapeutic supports he needs and to be willing to participate in his treatment program as requested.
If you are interested in providing nurturing and love for Jermarion or for any other Special Needs Children, please call our office @ 419-726-5100 for further information.