Aiden is an active boy with a friendly disposition. He is eager to take part in activities and tasks that interest him and displays enthusiasm! He enjoys affection, but at times can be shy or uncertain about displaying this. Aiden is a free spirit and benefits from patient and supportive guidance. He responds well to being given responsibilities and enjoys spending time with younger children. Aiden responds well when others take the time to guide him and explain what is expected of him. Once he grasps this, he shows determination and eagerness to complete the tasks at hand. He is very well cared for and loved, however, various assessment reports indicate that he is more likely to thrive and reach his full potential within the stable and secure setting of a nurturing and supportive family environment.
Aiden's developmental delays were identified in his early years. It was noted that he had an underdeveloped brain, however certain delays were believed to be attributed to his “rough start” and institutionalized environment. Various recommendations were made to assist him in enhancing his development further. Although steps were taken to assist Aiden in his development, the reality is that most children residing within institutions do not generally receive the additional one-on-one attention needed, especially those with greater needs. One report predicted that although Aiden’s speech development at the time was only slightly delayed, the lag would increase over time if he did not receive the necessary interventions.
Aiden is described as a happy child, who is small for his age and prefers active play over sedentary play (books, puzzles etc.). He loves to rough and tumble and be outside playing. He has difficulty focusing for longer periods and can, at times, become restless and hyperactive. He usually uses avoidance as a way to ‘cope’ with his frustrations when faced with such situations. This behavior is related to his developmental delays as well as a lack of self-confidence. Aiden appears to have difficulty in processing and effectively expressing his emotions verbally. He would greatly benefit from regular therapeutic interventions and support aimed at enhancing his emotional awareness and capacity to self-regulate, which in turn would positively impact his self esteem. Despite his developmental delays, Aiden attended a mainstream “Grade R” school. His teacher noted that he did need additional attention which included taking time to explain instructions to him and for this reason he was seated near her desk. She described him as a sociable and friendly boy, who was able to perform well with additional support.
Aiden was recently placed in a remedial school and is reportedly doing well in this environment, as it is better equipped to meet his scholastic needs. His current teacher reports that she has seen him thrive in class. She notes that he thoroughly enjoys the gardening project and observes that he does occasionally struggle to express himself and his emotions verbally, but does this well through drawing. His teacher has recommended that Aiden attend Play Therapy in order to assist him to process the emotions that impact his behavior at times.
His teacher currently notes, “Aiden is a wonderful boy and I have seen major positive changes in him over the past term…Aiden has continued to turn in beautiful homework this term and he takes great pride in it.”
Since being placed in a scholastic environment that is better suited to meet Aiden's developmental needs, there has been significant progress in his development. Aiden has potential for continued growth; he requires a supportive and structured environment with on-going Occupational Therapy and other Supportive Therapies for his speech in order to better understand his expressive language. Additional attention will need to be given to assist and support him in working through his
emotions, as he struggles in this regard. Aiden has shown to be a fighter and a child that does not give up easily. The hard work and progress he has made in his new school shows that with the right support he will reach his full potential. He is a friendly boy that is sensitive to his environment. He has great energy and determination, and with the necessary guidance this can continue to be channeled in a positive way. Aiden longs for the sense of belonging that can come from being placed within a permanent, supportive and loving family environment. Aiden is such a lovely boy!
This child would benefit or thrive from a resourceful family that would be able to provide love, care, and support. For more information about Aiden please contact These400@bethany.org or contact your Global worker.
8 Years Old