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|Sun, 07-13-2008 - 9:46pm|
My family has taken in a young man who has some significant issues - including delevlopmental delays, epilepsy, CP and on top of all these challenges he lived the first sixteen years with a crazy(literally) neglectful grandmother and for the past two years with a controling mother and new stepfather.
He lives very fearful - he has only been here a week and is progressing but some of the crap is just so deep. How should my family of I approach some of the things. He is a bright young man but he has his mind filled with fearful thoughts and always worries about doing everything "right". To explain some of the things - because he was overweight when he lived with the grandmother the family locked the food up - he was the only one without a key - everyone including 14 year old sister and 7 year old brother had access to the food except him. I also had him in my math class last year in school so I know a bit more about him than if he came just last week. He was the only one who could not use the famly Wii - he was always on restriction from tv, video games and did not go with the family to events.
I am in a bit of a quandry really because I majored in psychology and I know how I would handle it with individuals with average abilities. The trouble is coming because I really think for him these issues are better handled by a counselor not me. He has extreme shame when it comes to food - I will be cooking and he won't come and directly look at it he will pretend to be looking somewhere else to sneak a peek. He eats anything - last year at school it was a joke for