Being silly with a great sense of humor; as well as an ability to tell stories, are just a few of the many things a family will find lovable 16 year old Luis. This young man is full of energy and loves to spend his time enjoying outside activities such as riding his bike, skateboarding and playing sports. Luis also loves wrestling and will often pretend he is in the ring with his favorite wrestler, ‘John Sena.’
Due some cognitive limitations, Luis receives special education supports in his 9th grade self-contained classroom. As a typical teen, he sometimes struggles with focusing on getting homework completed and being self-sufficient in his studies. Although he tends to pay more attention to sports more than school, he has been enrolled in several Unified sports teams through the town recreation department; and this provides him an outlet to be involved in community sports.
One of Luis’ strengths is his ability to connect with others. He can be easy to get along with and is well liked by the people in his life within his group home setting. He tends to gravitate towards adults rather than peers and he responds well to positive feedback. At times, Luis struggles with his behaviors and he will need strong support from parents to guide him and set limits. Luis’ cognitive delays impact his understanding of social cues and sometimes it is difficult to understand him. An adult who is able to provide consistency within the home setting would help him manage his daily responsibilities as he does well with clear expectations and repetitive prompts.
Having experienced a lot of loss in his life, Luis may be shy and have difficulty adjusting when meeting new people. However, if given the opportunity to gradually get to know a family, Luis will adapt and become an integral family member. His adoptive family will need to honor some biological family relationships he would like to sustain.
Although he has some challenges in life, Luis needs to have a family by his side as he celebrates his achievements and matures into a great young adult.
Contact: Katie Churchill, Permanency Specialist
Department of Children and Families
Office of Children & Youth in Placement
860-550-6307 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographed by: Patty Swanson