Update Jan 2014: Carlton has cerebral palsy, but can sit up independently. He can also stand assisted and will walk with assistance if you hold his hands. He has vision impairment, but can still see what is happening in the world around him. Carlton has no history of seizures and is medically stable, although he does struggle with weight gain. He is nonverbal, but is often babbling and loves to have “conversations” with those around him, often making loud noises. Carlton can roll and scoot independently and has no trouble making it from one side of the room to the other. He loves pressure and a tight hug helps to calm him down when he gets overexcited. He loves to be tickled and receive special attention.
Update Feb 2018: Carlton is very social and loves to be around people but also enjoys his growing independence. Even though he only has functional movement in one hand, he is able to maneuver his wheelchair independently. He has started pushing the buttons on a yes/no board to communicate with us, but usually prefers to communicate with gestures and babbling. He understands pretty much everything we say to him and can follow directions very well, though sometimes he chooses not to, like any boy his age! His favorite toys are balls, cars, books, and anything that lights up! If the house is quiet and he’s not competing for our attention, he can entertain himself for a couple hours with his toys and books. Carlton has learned and grown so much, we can only imagine the potential he would reach if given the full range of services he needs!
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