Update 2017: *Ben lives at Victory Home. He loves taking trips to the beach with his many foster brothers!
Today’s child is *Benjamin. *Ben is 13 and has autism that causes him to be non-verbal, but he’s a great communicator. He loves having his head rubbed, and knows how to let you know that in the sweetest way. *Benjamin used to feel the need to bite and scratch, but he has come a long way in eliminating his self-injuring behaviors and calming himself so he doesn’t hurt others, either.
This is a big step in his development – *Ben knows that he doesn’t have to use these behaviors to get what he needs, and this is a good thing. *Ben knows he’s loved and his needs will be met because of this. The other thing *Ben likes is newspapers. He’s fascinated with them! This is great, because this is a good sensory exploration for him. If you ever get to meet him, you’ll hope to be blessed with his sweet smile, I’m sure.
From his sponsorship page:
Birth Date: December 1998
Date to SCH: December 2010
Other Details About Me: I have autism and am nonverbal. I will put my head in your lap, and put your hand on top and get you to pet my hair or rub my ears. I love looking at newspapers. I have a beautiful smile, and since it’s hard to come by, it makes it even more special.
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