His doctors said he would only live a few hours. Now, Jayden is thriving.
“We thought our time together would be so limited. I just wanted to be with him,” remembers Diana, Jayden’s mother. “Everything after those first few hours has been a blessing.”
Jayden’s entire family felt in their hearts that he was going to make it, but the high risk factors during pregnancy were daunting. He was born premature with hydrocephalus, which required emergency surgery to remove fluid from the left side of his brain. Thankfully, Jayden pulled through.
Babies with visual impairments are at significant risk of developmental delays. Sure enough, Jayden’s severe visual impairment in both eyes presented immediate obstacles. Without specialized early intervention services, he may never meet critical milestones like communicating, walking, or learning to his full potential.
At five months of age, Jayden and his family began services with Blind Children’s Learning Center. Infant Specialist Alicia works with Jayden in his home setting every week. “I love Jayden, and he’s come so far in such a short period of time,” she said. “We work with textured materials and technology so Jayden can meet every milestone and goal in front of him.”
The Global Infant Development program nurtures Jayden’s development and teaches parents how to interact and bond with their child. Like many children with little or no vision, Jayden initially struggled to engage with the world around him. Diana recalls, “Alicia patiently builds up Jayden’s skills and teaches us how to do the same when she isn’t there. He’s learning so much faster now.”
Excited to connect with the BCLC community, Jayden's family was the very first team to register for the Destination Independence 5K Walk on May 4, 2019. You can encourage this amazing family by signing up for the Walk today to make sure more babies like Jayden receive vital services!