Nicholas (6 years old), who goes by Nikko, is an engaging, lovable child with a great deal of energy. You can always find him being active and on the go. Nikko has a sense of humor appropriate for his age as he enjoys telling jokes that don’t necessarily have to make sense. He enjoys swimming, playing the Nintendo Wii, playing with Skylanders, making forts and spending time with his foster brother. Nikko does have a very active imagination. He wants families to know, “I’m brown, have black hair and am really creative!” Some of Nikko’s favorite foods are ice cream and pizza. He added that his favorite animals are giraffes, llamas, hummingbirds and blue jays. Nikko likes watching Tom & Jerry and reading the Bible and Star Wars books. When he grows up, he’d like to be an “animal helper.”
Nikko enjoys being offered choices and does best when his decisions are not hurried along. He can be strong willed and will let his emotions get the best of him when he becomes frustrated. Nikko can be unaware of how his behavior and actions affect others and benefits from guidance in this area. He does have some sensory issues and has recently begun utilizing techniques such as joint compressions and brushing of the skin. He loves these activities and has shown an improvement in his behaviors since these techniques have been implemented. At school, Nikko benefits from a smaller classroom environment and would do well with additional supports during the day to help him reach his fullest potential.
Nikko’s ideal adoptive family would be flexible and will look past Nikko’s difficulties and see his great potential. Nikko would benefit from a family with strong support systems who can provide guidance and encouragement. Nikko would do best in a two-parent family where he could be the youngest child in the home, due to his needs. The adoptive family must provide Nikko with a consistent and reliable schedule, but also able to give him time to make his own decisions or adapt to any changes in his normal routine. The family should have experience or knowledge of parenting children with considerable emotional needs to help Nikko embrace and celebrate victories, both small and large. Nikko does best when he obtains help in naming and categorizing his emotions and how he feels in a particular moment. The adoptive family and support system must have the patience and time to help him do this. In addition, the family must be willing to ensure he continues or is willing to seek out any support services that would be beneficial to his needs. Lastly, it is important to Nikko that he is allowed to maintain contact with his siblings, as these are important relationships in his life.
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