It was an afternoon of fun and adventure at the Discovery Science Place for Brent and myself. Brent is a happy and friendly child. He is a bit awkward socially and appears much younger than he is but he enjoys having friends and playing with others.
"It takes him a little while to warm up to somebody. He likes to get to know you before he's really comfortable and wants talk to you," Intensive Adoption Coordinator Cindy Hodges said.
Brent also likes to do individual activities.
"Play. Video games," Brent said.
Brent loves video games and enjoys anything that he can "zone" in on. He also likes to engage in what some may call "simple things" such as counting and organizing change.
"He likes to play with anything he can get his hands on. He's very tech tile. A lot of touching. He's very organized. He likes to count and organize things by shape and size," Hodges said.
"What's your favorite color? Red," Brent said.
He also likes blue and he loves doughnuts.
"What is your favorite kind? Chocolate with sprinkles," Brent said.
Brent does get frustrated easily due to his communication skills not being on the same level as his intelligence. He needs time to think during a conversation but also needs to be kept on task or he will get distracted.
He can also be whiney and throw a fit when he does not get his way. Brent needs close supervision as he will wander off, walk into the street and/or approach strangers for conversation.
"I think a really calm family that can provide him with the one on one attention that he wants and needs. Someone that would be really patient," Hodges said.
When Brent is at his best, it is in calm environments where he is receiving the attention that he needs.
Brent has been in care for about 3 years and is really looking forward to a forever family.
"He knows that he's going to be adopted. He's a little anxious too. The fear of the unknown. He's really excited and wants us to find him his forever family," Hodges said.
A forever family that can show Brent the Gift of Love.
If you'd like to know more about Brent you can call our Gift of Love hotline, toll-free, 1-888-KIDS-275.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:10:07 GMT
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