NEW JERSEY CHILD
Melvin enjoys riding his bike and watching television if race cars are involved. He will eat vegetables as long as they are mixed with one of his favorite foods such as pasta, rice or potatoes. Melvin needs guidance and supervision to complete most activities. He attends special education classes to address global developmental delays and receives therapy to improve speech, mobility, and balance.
In school, Melvin receives individual guidance throughout the school day. He puts out an earnest effort in school and is learning to recognize the alphabet. He generally speaks in phrases, expressing his needs in the third person. Child-like, he has stolen the hearts of school personnel, neighbors and his foster family. Melvin's foster mother works with him on personal hygiene and exercises to relax and strengthen his muscles and improve dexterity.
Home and school use intensive behavior modification programs to reduce repetitive and self-injurious behaviors and increase communication skills. He thrives best with a predictable daily schedule. Melvin needs a structured, patient and loving family willing to provide a home for him throughout adulthood.