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|Last Profile Update:||02/11/13|
Ronnie is a carefree, artistic, inquisitive young man. He is a handsome particularly small stature 16 year old male. Ronnie likes hands-on activities. He likes to read fantasy (adventure) books and he also likes to draw. Ronnie is fun to be around; he has a good sense of humor. He enjoys playing alone with video games. Ronnie also loves watching science fiction movies. He enjoys outdoor activities including discovering insects, bugs, and other creatures. He also has a love of fishing & likes to take canoe trips. Ronnie is generally unmotivated in school and requires much one-on-one attention. He has difficulty with oppositional and defiant behaviors but when strictly monitored he can comply with the rules and expectations.
Ronnie is a dreamer. He has compassion for the underdog, expressed mostly toward the little critters in nature. A former resource parent tells of a time when a small snake had entered their home and Ronnie would not let it be killed so the resource parent had to carefully redirect the snake outside. In addition, he has recently talked of the “skinny people in Africa” and how sad it was for these people to be starving to death.
Some days Ronnie functions as expected for someone his age. Then some days there seems to be a disconnection with the way Ronnie understands reality. Ronnie also has trouble expressing his understanding of long-term consequences to actions. The team is uncertain if he will be able to function independently as an adult in the near future (3-4 years). However, the team members are optimistic that it is possible someday.
Ronnie has intrinsic value as a human being. He is a wonderfully created young man. The past cannot be changed. And future progress may be measured in smaller steps than we would like. Ronnie is a dreamer. He thinks outside the box and has a compassionate side that few others see.
Ronnie needs a family that demonstrates patience and consistency. The family should have therapeutic experiences related to fostering children with difficult behavioral issues. Ronnie needs a significant amount of one-on-one time with a father-type figure. A family with the father absent a great deal of time due to work responsibilities would have difficulty succeeding.
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