Devin T.

Devin T.

Devin is a personable, polite and friendly young man.  He describes himself as “funny, nice and cool.”  Devin enjoys picnics in the park, video games, basketball and playing drums.  He gets along well with children and pets and especially loves dogs.  Devin is intelligent with an excellent vocabulary and a talent for electronics.  These abilities sometimes mask his special needs.  Devin has limited self-awareness and sometimes misses social cues.  when Devin becomes focused on something, he wants to learn everything he can about it.  He can tell you all about the Titanic!  Devin seems slightly less mature than some children his age and may learn best in unique ways.  Parents who experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder would be exceptional for Devin.

Devin really likes being a child and is not in a hurry to grow up.  He uses mechanisms such as avoidance and telling untruths to avoid non-preferred activities, responsibility, and consequences.  Devin has an IEP at school and his parents will be very involved in his education.  While Devin has no mobility issues or problems with hearing and sight, he does have a physical condition for which he sees several medical specialists.  Parents who can educate themselves about his needs and have flexible schedules to take him to appointments are a must.  Devin will do best with parents who have a strong, stable bond and work well and consistently as a team.  Parents who can set aside preconceived expectations and celebrate each small step as a big success are perfect for Devin.  With your patience, guidance, encouragement, and advocacy for his special needs, Devin will develop the skills to be a successful adult.