2015 Family Advocacy Day Hero -- Jebrill
Jebrill was premature and diagnosed with failure to thrive when he first came to live with his family. To address this, he received physical and occupational therapy services at Children’s Specialized Hospital from the ages of 3 months to 7 years old. At the age of 4, Jebrill was also diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and was placed on the autism spectrum. The therapists at the hospital created a behavioral plan and structure that carried over in home and school so he could socialize and interact appropriately with family and peers.
Jebrill, who was adopted by his foster mother in 2006, currently meets with specialists every six months for ongoing evaluations to ensure he is on the right dose of medication for his ADHD. Now a freshman in high school, he is an honor roll student and has received academic achievements awards. Some of the activities Jebrill enjoys are basketball, summer camp, and drawing. Thanks to the expertise and resources at Children’s Specialized Hospital, Jebrill is a mature, social teenager.