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"My name is Eleutario, but everyone calls me Terry. I like to play outside with my friends, go swimming, play baseball or basketball and take pictures with my new camera! And I love to eat!
I like to talk about whales. I also like dolphins, dinosaurs and Snoopy. I can draw whales and giraffes.
I want a family that will watch TV with me and play outside with me. I would like to go to Disneyland with them and see Mickey Mouse.
When I need correction, I want parents who will tell me to be calm, be nice and be safe. They should have me take a time out and explain how I can do things better. And they will be proud of me when I do my chores. I like to help with laundry, clean my room and make my bed.
At school, I like P.E. We practice our exercises and run around the track. I also like reading, especially easy books."
Terry's foster mom tells us that he's a wonderful boy who is charming, resilient and he makes her laugh. He loves to decorate calendars, paying particular attention to holidays! Terry's life seems to have a lot to do with looking ahead. Sometimes he is so focused on "what comes next?" that he forgets to enjoy the present. Asking lots of questions in new situations is a coping skill that serves Terry well. It helps him know he's safe and that wise adults will protect him.
Terry responds well to gentle prompts. These help him enjoy the fun right in front of his nose, rather than being anxious about what comes next. He needs parents who are patient, assertive, calm and fun. It's easy to give Terry everything he wants because he enjoys life so, but he depends on boundaries. He can easily escalate through too much of a good thing and he will also eat until he becomes sick. Overindulgence is not an option with Terry.
Terry has made remarkable developmental gains. He's also building self-esteem and confidence. Terry is medically healthy and does not have any physical limitations. He's being treated for symptoms of mild autism, and receives Developmental Disability Services (DDS) for cognitive delays. Despite these issues, Terry needs only the usual level of age-appropriate guidance and supervision. His self-care and independence is above-average and he is respectful towards others and their belongings.
Terry's academic supports in the classroom include small group and one-on-one learning throughout the day. He is doing well in that setting.
Through recent counseling, Terry has become excited about finding a family of his own. Structure and routine within that family will help him feel safe and secure. His parent(s) must have a good grasp of the needs of a child with mild developmental delays, attention needs, and high energy. They also will need to see that Terry has the educational, vocational, and developmental resources that will allow him to reach a full level of independence as an adult. He has the ability to develop healthy relationships with children of all ages, but he may be a better fit in a family that has older children. He would love their attention and companionship and they are sure to love Terry!
Portraits by Once Remembered Photography
Terry is available for adoption through the State of Oregon. For contact information, please contact the Idaho CareLine at 1-800-926-2588.
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