Rylend is a darling boy who enjoys listening to music, feeling the wind on his face while riding in the car, and playing in all sorts of water. He enjoys attention, gentle touching and tickling, and playful movement of his arms and legs. Rylend responds excitedly and happily to familiar voices and sounds and is making progress in moving toward wanted objects, such as soft fabric toys with sensory objects attached. Rylend, who enjoys quiet time after school, is calmed by gentle movement.
He enjoys eating sweet things, as well as savory things, like seafood. During the day, Rylend is eating everything by mouth and is working on drinking from a cup with assistance. Whatever his foster family iseating is pureed for Rylend and he’s even accepting a small amount of texture.
Rylend, who is nonverbal, communicates with body language. He lets you know that he’s happy and content by smiling, laughing, giggling, and kicking his legs and moving his arms. A favorite spot for Rylend where he feels especially content and comfortable is the corner of his crib where he can curl up and be covered with blankets.
Rylend makes a wide range of sounds, tongue clicking, high pitched sounds, etc., some of which can be very loud. Sound is very important to Rylend, as he is mostly blind. It does, though, seem that he is able to notice changes in light. He is more easily soothed these days, and will quiet or calm down with some redirection. Because Rylend is not yet able to stand or sit up, he has a special wheel chair, and stander.
Rylend continues to do well in his kindergarten program which he appears to enjoy. Special services are in place to support his speech needs, increase his fine motor skills, such as grasping and releasing toys, address sensory and attentional issues, as well as to increase his body tone and strength, flexibility, and overall motor growth. With additional therapies in place, he is showing small gains in leg movement with the help of weight bearing exercise and other strategies.
Rylend does have some contact with his biological mother. It will be important for his adoptive family to be supportive of maintaining this important connection.
Rylend’s social worker wants to hear from calm, patient, kind couples and single moms and single dads who have strong support from family, friends, and nearby community pediatric developmental resources. Rylend is a total care child who needs a safe, secure, nurturing family who can accept him right where he is now, while working closely with his team of therapists and others to encourage him to reach his full potential. Such a family should have parent(s) who appreciate the importance of even small, incremental gains and who will applaud and rejoice such forward movement.
If you are interested in providing nurturing and love for Rylend or for any other Special Needs Children, please call our office @ 419-726-5100 for further information.