#6 Meet TJ – 90 Real People Real Lives. #FASD

It’s Day Six of our 90 Day Count Down to September 9 – And Mac has been looking for courageous kids to stand with him in making a difference. Kids and their families are stepping up with their support and red shoes to share their lives. TJ is a brave young man who is sharing his journey with us. Thank you TJ for being part of this fun adventure with us. A Big THANK YOU! We’re loving the action. People are out strutting and jumping and rolling and climbing with their RedShoesRock. We love you at Red Shoes Rock! Feel Free to Like and Share our page!

Meet TJ – TJ is a fun teen with a big heart. He loves playing with his lizards and doing science projects. Like many teens he has dreams of getting a car, learning to drive and getting a job so he can grow to have his own apartment.

My Story:  Premature, born to parents who both struggled with substance abuse and mental illness.  Removed and placed in the system and placed then with aunt who became his forever family.

Strengths:  He loves to garden.  He loves trains.  He loves science projects and dinosaurs and playing with his lizards.  He loves helping people.

Struggles:  He struggles with full FAS, speech difficulties, sensory issues, fits under the Autism Umbrella and is bipolar.  He doesn’t understand why people are mean to him.  He is very concrete and is a highly verbal young man who doesn’t understand abstract but lives in a world of black and white.  He has a big heart and is very easily mislead and no one is a stranger.

Wish:  That he is allowed to get his own apartment and go to work.  He wants people to know even though he is very verbal he is often misunderstood by those who he parrots.  He hopes someday he can drive a car and get his license.  He wants to go to work and get a pay check.

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