Meet Lauryn: 2020 Family Advocacy Week Champion
Lauryn is participating in Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week from August 10-14, 2020. Through this special event, Lauryn and her family will share information about her health journey, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s role in providing Lauryn with necessary health care services, and why the public and our elected officials must invest in the future of kids like Lauryn.
Lauryn was born prematurely at only 25 weeks gestation, weighing just one pound, she faced significant health problems in her first few years of life.
It soon became clear that Lauryn was not reaching cognitive or emotional milestones yet remained difficult to determine if this was due to health challenges or another reason.
At 3 years old, Lauryn’s pediatrician arranged for a more thorough evaluation, which lead to an autism diagnosis.
She received care and therapy, including physical, occupational and speech therapy at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut.
When she was 5, she began occupational therapy at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut, to help with her eating skills. Lauryn returned at age 13 to work with Robert Keder, M.D., on social development and preparation for her transition into adulthood.
“Without support and direction from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, we would not necessarily have the tools we need to prepare Lauryn for success in school or in her extracurricular activities,” says Myra, Lauryn’s mother. “Most importantly, we would not have the information and direction we need to prepare Lauryn for adulthood.”
Lauryn is entering 11th grade soon. She receives special education support in school, speech and language therapy, and socialization skill training. Physically, she is healthy and strong, and emotionally, she is happy and friendly.
“We would love for the world to know that Lauryn is a sweet and kind, intelligent young lady with infinite abilities,” says Myra. “With patience and support, there is so much she can do. We need the world to look past her diagnosis to see, hear and respect Lauryn.”