Paul from Texas
Paul is a happy child. He responds to recognized voices with facial expressions, gigantic smiles, and laughter. Paul has used a homebound school program in the past and currently attends SPED classroom on campus to increase his abilities and level of functioning. Music is his favorite subject next to being engaged and provided affection by his family and caregivers. He has favorite cartoons and loves listening to the TV. He is a child who has primary medical needs. Paul is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, a seizures disorder, and hypothyroidism. He receives nutritional support via a G-button. He is visually impaired but his hearing is very well developed. Paul's mobility is greatly affected by his medical condition; he loves to ride in his wheelchair while going for a walk outside. Paul participates in occupational and physical therapy weekly to strengthen his muscles and develop his motor skills. His bones are fragile so caregivers and nurses must be extremely careful when physically helping Paul move around or exercise. Paul requires 24-hour care, supervision, and monitoring by skilled caregivers but most of all Paul needs a forever family to love him and for him to love in return.
Paul needs a family who has a medical background. A family with few children and who is willing to advocate for him educationally and medically is desired. He will do well with a family who has a very supportive extended family. A family with a great sense of humor and the ability to continue seeking services and follow up from providers; giving Paul what he needs to be happy and healthy will be a plus.