Beautifully Different – Trenton
A Project Celebrating Differences and Triumphs
Trenton is Beautifully Different
Meet Trenton! Trenton is an absolutely amazing sweet boy. You can see his sweet soul by looking in to his beautiful eyes! Trenton is Autistic, has ADHD, Anxiety, and a Global Developmental Delay. Oh, and a smile that can light up the biggest of rooms! Trenton is Beautifully Different!
Trenton was born 6 weeks early, by emergency c-section. and was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for 3 weeks after birth. Trenton was diagnosed with his conditions at the age of 6, in 2016.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children. ADHD also affects many adults. Symptoms of ADHD include inattention (not being able to keep focus), hyperactivity (excess movement that is not fitting to the setting) and impulsivity (hasty acts that occur in the moment without thought). An estimated 8.4 percent of children and 2.5 percent of adults have ADHD.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be beneficial in some situations. It can alert us to dangers and help us prepare and pay attention. Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness, and involve excessive fear or anxiety.
Global Developmental Delay
The term ‘developmental delay’ or ‘global development delay‘ is used when a child takes longer to reach certain development milestones than other children their age. This might include learning to walk or talk, movement skills, learning new things and interacting with others socially and emotionally.
A Day in the Life of Trenton
Trenton takes a little longer than most his age to process information. Trenton’s moods are affected easily, any little change in his routine can “throw off” the rest of his day. He has an aide at school who helps keep him focused and on task, and who clarifies information for him that his hard for him to process. School can be stressful because of having to sit and focus for long periods at a time. So his favorite part of his day at school is by far, recess! Trenton is very smart though, and loves to learn. His favorite subject is math. He loves numbers!
Thoughtful. Funny. Curious.
Trenton is constantly wanting to learn! He loves baseball, and is a huge Cleveland Indians fan. He can tell you anything you want to know about any player on the team. Trenton is very knowledge about all of the other baseball teams as well. He also loves History, he likes learning about past Presidents, and the United States. Also, Trenton also enjoys learning facts about other countries. Trenton is very friendly and thoughtful. He absolutely loves getting to meet new people! The staff at school is always commenting about how sweet of a little boy he is. Additionally he has quite the sense of humor and loves to make people laugh. He is always making his family laugh, they say he is the funniest 9 year old they know! Trenton is just amazing, and I am so happy I had the chance to meet him!
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