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We just received an update on cute Gianni! The information is from March of 2023 and says the following:
Gianni is diagnosed with generalized developmental disorder, unspecified. He is also diagnosed with Autism and mild mental retardation. Gianni has normal gross motor skill development for his age. He likes to play with toys that he can spin or sway. When he gets a toy he opens it up to take out the parts that he can spin or swing. In general, there is no activity that can hold his attention for long time – usually the attention is held for a maximum 5 minutes. He doesn’t like loud music or noise. He does not show aggression towards other children or auto-aggression. Gianni does not always respond when called by name. He loves individual attention and is a positive and smiling child. He fulfills simple orders – like give me this, go there, hold, catch. He is talkative, smiling and looks for contact with adults and the children in the Family-type accommodation center. He cannot dress and undress himself and cannot button or unbutton. He eats alone and drinks alone. He loves salty food. He is in first grade at the Center for Special Educational Needs with a resource teacher who will visit the Family-type accommodation center and will work with a class of 4 to 6 students.
Gianni falls asleep later, but his sleep is peaceful. He uses a diaper at night. He does not like to swing on a swing, but rather wants to push the swing. Gianni is diagnosed with Autism and has stereotype movements. When he experiences a positive emotion, he usually makes stereotypical movements with his hands. He does not speak but only makes sounds. He does understand and carries out simple commands from adults. He loves to cuddle and be cared for. He hits himself.
The opinion of the staff is that if Gianni is worked with individually and constantly, he will make progress in his development. The center does not have the resource for individual work with him and for specialized work with children with Autism. The employees of Family-type accommodation center are very nice and take the best possible care for Gianni! Even with that, I really hope that this sweet, nice, calm boy will find his forever family soon. He indeed is very positive. He is used to being around adults and children and gets along with them. He does not make problems and does not have tantrums. He is calm and follows the regime in the Center. In order to progress and advance though, he needs to be with a family who will love and support him. We believe he will thrive from the individual attention and love that only a family can give.
Could you be that family? We sure hope so!
Video from 3-2023
This healthy boy is Gianni. He was born January of 2015 and his diagnoses are developmental delays and behavioral disorders in the autism spectrum. Gianni’s information is very current, from April of 2022. We are waiting on updated photos and video however as advocacy photos are from 2019. Gianni can manipulate with both hands and has good fine motor skills. His emotional behavior is said to be positive. He has good psycho-emotional tone. There is no evidence of aggression towards peers. His anxiety does intensify in an unfamiliar atmosphere. Gianni is non-verbal at this time although he makes his wants known through signs and gestures. He is said to enjoy playing football and listening to music. Gianni prefers to play with adults or alone. He has good emotional connections in his foster parent’s family. Gianni regulates his physiological needs by giving non-verbal signals by holding an adult’s hand. He eats alone slowly. He reaches out when washing and tries to be independent. He sleeps well at night.
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