Those who know Daniel best tell us that he is a child who loves electronics. One of his all-time favorite outings is going to Fred Meyer and hanging out in the Electronics Department – a toy store to Daniel! He loves playing with his iPad and has even mastered moving forwards and backwards, which can be tricky. Other activities that Daniel enjoys are climbing trees, riding his bike, playing math-related games and other board games (such as Uno), creating and building with Legos, putting puzzles together (the more pieces the better), playing video games, and coloring. While Daniel’s special needs are challenging, his worker tells us that he has strengths for his adoptive family to encourage and build upon. According to tests, Daniel is a very bright child in some areas; he is inquisitive with an active sense of curiosity, and he’s a good reader. He has a great sense of humor and a dry wit.
Daniel’s special needs are suggestive of some neurological issues, which may be due to prenatal exposure to alcohol/drugs in utero and/or to the oxygen deprivation he experienced at birth and past trauma. In his adaptive functioning, which includes receptive-expressive language, personal and school community daily living skills, emotional coping skills, and social interactions, Daniel is much like a 3 or 4-year-old. His moderate delays in academic skills and written expression are much like a 6 to 7-plus-year-old.
A concrete learner and thinker who tends to see things in black and white, Daniel is in sixth grade for the 2015-2016 school year. He will continue to benefit from being in a small, special education classroom with a high teacher/student ratio, academic and behavioral supports, social skills building, and friendship training.
Among Daniel’s necessary therapeutic supports are medication therapy and counseling. Daniel benefits greatly by having a caring adult nearby on the home front, at school, and at play to calmly and patiently redirect him on the spot as needed. He especially needs supervision around other children to help him respect the personal space of others and to maintain appropriate boundaries.
Home and school environments which provide highly consistent daily routines; minimize distractions and stimulation; provide clear, concrete, simple rules, expectations, limits, and consequences, and a significant amount of individualized attention help the significant adults in Daniel’s life to more effectively support Daniel’s day-to-day life. Due to his very limited ability to consistently retrieve previously learned and stored information, Daniel must have repetitive and step-by-step instructions to complete tasks, especially those that are complex.
Daniel also really wants a family. He likes spending time with adults and wants to please them and get positive reinforcement from them.If you are a warm, nurturing couple who has the knowledge and skills to parent and teach children with special learning needs, and the desire to make a real difference in the life of a boy who longs to have a family that will not give up on him, please contact us soon. Daniel needs you!
If you are interested in providing nurturing and love for Daniel or for any other Special Needs Children, please call our office @ 419-726-5100 for further information.