Gender: Male
Age: 15
Race: Black or African American

LaDuffy is an active, playful, and endearing young man, with a pleasant demeanor that draws others in with his smile. It may be that he is so genuine in how he expresses delight or in the way he gleefully responds to small things.  LaDuffy loves the outdoors and enjoys riding his bike, picking up sticks, and playing with his lawnmower. LaDuffy is happiest when he is playing by himself. He loves the park, playing on the trampoline or running outside. He loves police cars and fire trucks.  LaDuffy loves Spiderman and creating things out of string.

LaDuffy has been diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum and there are impairments in his emotional regulation, as well as in communication, language, cognitive, and social skills. A sweet natured young man who responds well to adult attention, LaDuffy continues to make steady progress in all ways. Although he struggles with verbal communication, he continues to make strides to increase his vocabulary. By attending traditional school, family functions and community activities, LaDuffy is continuing to learn to use his words instead of pointing to what he wants.

LaDuffy deserves a forever family. He needs a family that can advocate for his overall wellbeing. He needs a family that is patient, enjoys the outdoors, has a strong support system, and is committed to his special educational needs.  His family should be loving, empathetic, and use to routine.

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