Could you be the family to provide a stable home environment for an energetic cheeky chappy with an endearing personality who loves green tractors and playing on his scooter?
Thomas (5 ½) is full of energy and loves being busy and active. Thomas likes to play with his big red fire engine, loves gadgets and enjoys imaginary play such as garages and taxi’s. Thomas is a Toy Story fan and enjoys playing with his woody and Buzz Lightyear toys. He enjoys bath time and loves being read to, his favourite book currently is ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. Thomas also likes watching television especially Mike the Knight on CBeebies and Toy Story films. He enjoys outside activities such as going to the park and beach.
Thomas’s carers describe him as an adorable boy who wants to please everyone. He has excellent manners and is very affectionate. Thomas can also be strong willed and does have tantrums, however it would appear that this is more due to frustration and his carers do not feel this is difficult to manage. Thomas is still young and some of his behaviours may be due to immaturity, or impacted on by previous life experiences as well as cognitive ability, his speech and language therapist has raised the possibility that he may be presenting with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder with some concerns also around his social interaction and communication skills. Thomas can be a very affectionate child who wants to be everyone’s friend but at the same time he does have a tendency to want to be in control.
There is some indication of mild global developmental delay specifically in the areas of fine motor skills, speech development and self care skills for which he is under the community paediatrician. Since being taken into care Thomas’s speech and language has improved significantly, although when Thomas gets excited it can still be difficult to understand what he is saying.
Thomas has experienced several placements moves in his short life and has been known to numerous Local Authorities due to ongoing concerns in relation to neglect, non accidental injuries and Thomas being placed in vulnerable situations. Thomas’s birth mother has a history of alcohol abuse and smoking; it is not known if this occurred in pregnancy.
Adopters would need to be able to accept and manage the uncertainty in Thomas’s development due to his own unsettled early year’s life history, and his birth parents history, including his birth mother’s alcohol abuse and smoking, and his birth fathers reported learning disability.