Rylend is a darling little 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 loving attention, gentle touching and tickling, and playful movement of his arms and legs. He enjoys eating sweet things, as well as savory things, like seafood. Over the last 18 months or so, Rylend has learned to eat everything by mouth (no more feeding tube!) and is working on drinking from a cup with assistance. Whatever his foster family is eating 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. When Rylend is uncomfortable or distressed, he will cry and scream, and sometimes bang his head. His distress is usually associated with needing a diaper change, hunger, or wanting to be repositioned.
Rylend makes a wide range of sounds, tongue clicking, high pitched sounds, etc., some of which can be very loud. He is becoming responsive to being redirected to quiet down. Because Rylend is not yet able to stand or sit up, he has a special wheel chair and a stander, foot orthotics, and hand splints (which are used only very occasionally these days).
Rylend has acclimated to his developmental preschool where he is doing very well and appears to enjoy his experiences. Special services are in place to support his speech needs, increase his fine motor skills, such as grasping and releasing toys, learn basic self-care tasks (such as eating by mouth), address sensory and attentional issues, as well as to increase his body tone and strength, flexibility, and overall motor growth.
Rylend’s developmental issues were caused by an event which occurred a few years ago when he was deprived of oxygen. Since then he has been nonverbal, mostly blind (although he appears to see changes in light) and, as yet, lacks much purposeful body movement. Rylend is on target for growth, height and weight. Medication is not currently part of his treatment program.
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 developmental 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 movement forward.
Rylend’s biological mother wants to have some level of contact with him and there is currently an open communication order.
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.