BRIAR from European Union
Briar was born in February 2010. A physically healthy child, she has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, combined with anxiety and hyperkinetic behavior as well as developmental delays. Briar currently appears to be functioning on the overall level of a preschooler. She lived with her family of origin until late 2020 but was then placed into a group home. Briar is able to walk independently but lacks coordination. Similarly, her fine motor skills are delayed and lack precision. She is not oriented in time and space and is unable to assess dangers and risks. Briar can feed herself as well as dress, undress, comb her hair and make her bed. She requires some assistance with bathing and does well helping with various household chores. While cooperative when presented with tasks, Briar lacks the endurance, attention, and concentration to complete them. She is nonverbal although she attempts verbal imitation and approximations as well as the use of gestures and facial expressions. Briar resists change and when she is pushed out of her comfort zone, she can become restless and aggressive. She engages in many behaviors commonly known as stimming. Briar allows closeness with others and has established trusting relationships with her therapy and educational team. She receives special education services. Positive and purposeful instruction has shown some success in the acquisition of social skills. Briar has an older brother who lives in a different group home. They have been cleared to be adopted separately as this is believed to be in both children’s best interest. A family considering Briar must be prepared to meet her life-long needs.