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Playing video games and staying very active are just a couple of activities 14 year old Dave would like to share with a highly specialized family. An organized and patient family, with no other children and a strong knowledge of autism would best meet Dave’s needs as developing meaningful relationships and building trust are key elements in Dave’s current clinical goals.
Dave is a very active youth who loves to interact with animals as they provide comfort to him when he in not in a balanced frame of mind. In addition to playing video games he likes to play with cars, read books, play sports and ride his bike. At times, Dave’s impulsive behaviors and inability to read social cues become a physical challenge for his caregivers and a predictable environment with supportive redirection will help him connect with those around him. Dave can be very entertaining and he has a good sense of humor.
Consistent and significant supports in school have helped Dave complete his 8th grade school year. Coping mechanisms such as using fidgets and taking walks; or even higher energy alternatives such as using a scooter board, trapeze swing or riding on the stationary bike, are all activities which help redirect his attention to feel better when he is frustrated or upset. He puts much effort into learning and practicing self-regulation skills.
A higher level of training and supports with be offered to Dave’s family due to the complexity of his needs. Honoring a positive relationship he has with an aunt who lives out of state will be crucial for Dave. Although parenting Dave may not be “typical” he is just like any other young adolescent who needs a family by his side.
Contact: Sarah Colella, 860-550-6371 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Children and Families,
505 Hudson Street, Hartford, CT 06106