- LocationNorth Carolina
- Case #Hale
Cheerful Hale was born in December 2007. He has been diagnosed with moderate intellectual disability and a behavioral disorder. Hale has a history of epilepsy with very rare, generalized tonic-clonic seizures, for which he takes medication. He had a diagnosis of cerebral palsy with mild, left-sided hemiparesis, which is now felt to be erroneous.
Hale walks and runs independently, including up and down stairs, kicks, throws and catches balls, turns pages in books, and feeds himself with a spoon. He understands what is said to him and is able to follow instructions that are clear and simple. Although he has some difficulty with pronunciation, he speaks in simple sentences, and has made progress in increasing his vocabulary.
Hale becomes easily overwhelmed by unfamiliar situations and loud sounds and often reacts with hyperactivity and self-aggressive behaviors. He seeks out movement and rhythm in his surroundings and enjoys listening to music. Hale enjoys looking at photos of people and recognizes familiar faces. He is a friendly boy who shows trust and attachment towards adults and seeks their help when needed. Hale prefers to play alone but will join group games when he is interested in the particular activity.
Hale completed 3rd grade in 2017 at a local school which operates together with a daycare center for children with special needs. He is impulsive and easily distracted but is able to focus for short periods of time especially when receiving individualized support from adults. He works with a psychologist, speech therapist, and special education teacher who feel that he has the potential to make significant progress in development and behavior.
Hale is toilet trained and readily participates in bathing, dressing and undressing although still needs an adults help. He loves cars and trucks, spending time outside, and playing with objects that roll, fly, or make noise.
Hale lived with his birth parents until July 2012, and when they became unable to care for him, was placed in an orphanage until moving in with his first foster family. In May 2016, Hale was transferred to a new foster family who can better care for him. He adapted very quickly to his new home and has formed an attachment to his foster mother. Hale waits for a well-prepared, patient forever family who can give him the stability and support he deserves.
Weight at Birth: 2.900 kg Weight July 2017: 44 kg
Height at Birth: 48 cm Height July 2017: 140 cm
THIS CHILD MUST BE ADOPTED FROM THE FOREIGN COUNTRY OF HIS/HER RESIDENCE.
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