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   BENITO, 2474

Birth Date: August, 2005
State: Texas

Benito is a playful and happy child. He enjoys playing with balls and swings outside, but mostly enjoys playing with all types of technology. Benito learns how to navigate phones and tablets quickly and with great ease. He enjoys watching YouTube videos, especially those about the movie "Cars."

Benito is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and fragile X syndrome. He is able to communicate well through gestures, simple signs, and technology. He is able to say a few simple words, but will only use them when comfortable with the person he is communicating with, and has to be encouraged to do so.

Benito is a kind, loving child and will be affectionate with those he is most comfortable with. He is easy going and entertains himself well.

Benito needs a family who will not only love and support him, but will also be strong advocates for his education and continued development of communication. His family will understand his unique needs and be willing to work with therapists, teachers, and other professionals. They will understand his strengths and build on them. His family will be patient with him as he adjusts to and learns the family rules and boundaries. Benito needs a family who will provide him structure and stability daily, so that he is comfortable and happy in the home environment. His family should also be energetic and playful.

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