Wilson is a kind-hearted 16 year old who enjoys playing video games, legos, chess, board games, and putting puzzles together. He also loves eating pizza, watching movies, playing sports, and he wants to be a football player when he grows up. Wilson is a very talkative, engaging, and animated young man. He has some cognitive delays, emotional instabilities, and past traumas; which have impacted his social and emotional behaviors. Although he is 16-years old, his personal interests are more like that of a child much younger than his chronological age; and he usually relates to individuals younger than himself.
A Closer Look…
In 2006, Wilson was placed in Foster Care as a result of substantiated abuse and neglect. Prior to being removed, Wilson resided off and on with relatives due to his parents’ inability to properly care for him. The family environment was extremely neglectful and on several occasions, Wilson had to meet his own daily needs. In 2008, Wilson was placed with relatives out-of-state; however, the placement did not last, due to lack of services and support between the states.
Wilson is friendly, usually polite, and helpful. He is quirky, funny, and unique. He works well one-on-one with adults. However, due to his limited social and emotional development; he struggles with behavioral issues and has limited emotional regulation skills. He has difficulty following rules, interacting with peers, respecting boundaries, and meeting educational requirements.
How Can You Help…
Wilson requires a structured and committed family; that is patient, supportive, firm, nurturing and experienced with individuals with special needs. As a result of Wilson’s cognitive delays, emotional instability, negative behaviors, and past traumas; the family should be willing and able to ensure that he continues to participate in after-care services. Wilson will require continued therapeutic, special education, psychiatric, medical and dental services. Ideally, the family would consist of two parents with a strong support system; and one parent at the home full-time, in order to provide Wilson with the continuous supervision he requires. In addition, Wilson should be the only child or the youngest child in the home, due to his immature behaviors. Finally, the family should be willing to provide guidance for Wilson; participate in on-going training and professional assistance; and be willing to participate in family therapy with Wilson.
For more information: Please contact LeDale Hayes at 616.284.5870 or email her by clicking here.