We have such good news to share about Logan. There has been a big turnaround in his behavior since being placed on medication therapy that was indicated by the results of his recent assessment. For those adults who value and love Logan, seeing the wonderful gains he is already exhibiting is exciting and pretty awesome.
Described by his foster parents of two years as a complex and fascinating little boy with many facets, Logan is an incredibly bright and very capable child. Gifted in mathematics, he loves all things mechanical. He brings tons of enthusiasm to playing games and working on all kinds of different puzzles.
Physically healthy and well-coordinated, Logan thoroughly enjoys high energy play outdoors or indoors. He especially enjoys swimming and gymnastics. Another favorite pastime for Logan is designing and building large-scale projects (such as boats, tents, and castles) using cardboard, blocks, blankets, etc. A year ago, Logan participated in a Christmas pageant and was enthralled with the dramatic aspects. Logan is very good about telling adults about his wants and needs, and when he feels safe, he has great capacity for love. Naturally competitive, Logan benefits from having a caring adult mentoring him in developing the basics of good sportsmanship.
Logan’s ability to self-regulate and to deescalate in challenging situations has improved a great deal. He is playing well with his brother and other children for longer periods of time without parent or teacher involvement, and when he does become upset, he is more apt to express himself in appropriate ways. Since Logan’s improved patience and attention span (which makes it easier to follow instructions and complete tasks without deviating or insisting on his own way) he has taken a greater interest in Legos and other model building projects. This has really helped his self-esteem as well, and he expresses that he is a happier child on his medication. He has also greatly improved in his ability to maintain appropriate boundaries with other children and adults. While he still struggles with anxiety, he has been able to use some cognitive restructuring techniques to view perceived threats in a different way, and he seems to be trusting adults more as well.
Logan came into foster care in mid 2011 at the age of three, due to neglect and abuse amidst parental substance abuse and mental health issues. The trauma of his early years left him struggling to experience control however he could. Behaviorally, he tried to anticipate or control what he called “the plan” (activity, outing, or daily routine) of his caregivers and teachers, and had difficulty trusting that authority figures in his life had his best interests in mind. Logan’s anxiety, attention issues, impulsiveness, and high energy exacerbated his behavioral issues. Since being on his new medication, he is managing these issues better, and he is having greater success using other self-calming tools and strategies: deep breathing, timeouts, or talking about his feelings with a caring adult. It would be very helpful for his adoptive parent(s) to have a good repertoire of behavioral tools and strategies to enhance parenting.
Logan is now in first grade for the 2015-2016 school year. He does very well academically and benefits from having a behavioral IEP. His teacher recently invited him to join a grade level reading group in class because he was demonstrating appropriate skills and behaviors. Previously, he was unable to be in a reading group because his behaviors required 1:1 support. While he continues to benefit from having a caring adult nearby when he’s on the playground, he does not need to be redirected often.
Logan’s social worker feels the best fit for him will be a small family where he is an only child or the youngest child by several years. One or two much older siblings could be a bonus for him. It is particularly important for Logan to have a structured, consistent, daily routine, with firm rules and limits, and patient, good-humored, nurturing parenting. It is very important for Logan’s adoptive parent(s) to be committed to seeing that he has the therapeutic resources available to him for the foreseeable future, and to be willing to participate with him in family counseling as requested by his counselor or by Logan himself.
To make it easier for him to maintain his sibling connection with his younger brother, Levi (4), Logan’s social worker would like to place him with an Oregon family. Families in the NW region who would be willing and able to maintain visitation with his sibling in Oregon will also be considered.
If you are interested in providing nurturing and love for Logan or for any other Special Needs Children, please call our office @ 419-726-5100 for further information.