2015 Family Advocacy Day Hero -- Jasper
Jasper, a happy and playful 4-year old, was diagnosed with fragile X syndrome when he was a year old. A genetic condition, fragile X syndrome causes intellectual disability, behavioral and learning challenges and various physical characteristics. He has also since been diagnosed with autism.
Currently a preschooler, Jasper loves trucks, trains and construction vehicles. In addition to swimming and riding his bike, he also likes to read books and play with his trains. A citizen of the US and Germany, his ultimate career goal is to be a firefighter when he grows up.
Jasper’s mother attributes the success of Jasper and his brother, Austin, with receiving an early diagnosis and having access to occupational, physical and speech therapies. She also credits the outreach of the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Division at Cincinnati Children’s as well as its partnership with the University Centers of Excellence, for helping to educate and train many local professionals and families about the specialized care essential for children like Jasper.