Isiah


The Wednesday's Child team would like to thank Ben and Maureen Woitas at Coeur d'alene Jump for Joy for graciously welcoming us and allowing Isaiah to experience Jumpy houses for the first time!

WCID: 22270
Status: Available
Age: 8
Gender: Male
Race/Culture: Black or African American

Bio

One look at 7-year-old Isiah will melt your heart! Although Isiah is primarily non-verbal due to a genetic disability, he is learning to sign and to communicate through the use of a talk tablet, and his communication skills have grown substantially in the past year. Isiah is a fun-loving child who has developed physical ways of letting the people in his life that he trusts and feels safe with know that they are special to him, such as snuggling with them or rubbing their arm a certain way.

Isiah is a smart boy, so being unable to communicate what he wants and needs can be very frustrating to him. He tends to struggle behaviorally when he is frustrated and when he is either over, or under-stimulated. Isiah craves activities that fill his sensory needs, such as playing with older children, swinging, cuddling, snuggling with his caregiver or his weighted blanket, and outside activities-particularly jumping on the trampoline or running around the yard with the family dog. Finding balance in these areas and having patient and understanding parents who can help him get his frustrations out in a constructive way is very important for Isiah. Minus a caregiver's direction and assistance, his reaction to these stressors can sometimes be aggression towards himself or others, without the understanding that it is hurtful behavior.

Isiah's permanency team is searching for an adoptive family who is willing and able to be fully committed to his ongoing intensive therapeutic needs, as these services are crucial to his continued growth and development and will enable him to reach his full potential. An average day for Isiah consists of specialized education in the public-school setting, followed by transportation to a local behavioral/developmental service agency, where he works with different therapists for the remainder of the afternoon. Isiah's current services include speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Structure and routine help Isiah to thrive in all areas of his life. Isiah has been with his current team of providers for quite some time and they would love to be a part of helping his new family understand his needs and more about who he is.

Patience, understanding, and a heart for children with significant developmental delays will be foundational in the right family for Isiah. A great fit for him would be an adoptive home where he would be the youngest child in the family and might include a stay at home parent, although his team is excited and open as well to speaking with families who may not meet this exact criteria. If you believe that you may be the special family Isiah's team has been searching for, please inquire for more information about him today!

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