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Jadon's Story


" Jadon has been with the SCI Home Visiting Program for nearly two years and has overcome so many struggles and continues to meet goals and accomplish milestones monthly. "

--Jennifer, Jadon's Mom

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Jadon was born premature at 26 weeks only weighing 2 pounds and 13 ounces. We brought Jadon home from the hospital at eight weeks old and the only doctor we had was a pediatrician for the first year. Some aspects of Jadon's development just didn’t make sense so we decided to switch pediatricians and went from one doctor to 12 practically overnight. This began multiple doctor appointments and testing from each of these doctors to help find answers and diagnosis for Jadon.

Jadon was 14 months old and not eating (only drinking formula), not crawling, not sitting up alone, and was behind on many milestones that infants usually accomplishes by his age. So one day Jadon had a swallow test at T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital and while we were there the nurse and I were talking and she asked me if I had heard of TEIS (Tennessee Early Intervention System), and I said no. She began to explain to me what it was and how it worked, she explained that they contracted with physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy and a Siskin early interventionist could come into the home to work with Jadon. She also explained to me how beneficial it is when your child is doing therapy in their own home with their own surroundings. I nearly started crying then and there. With Jadon having 12 doctors, physical therapy twice a week, speech therapy once a week, and music therapy once a week it became extremely hard for me to balance work and Jadon's therapy sessions and doctors appointments.

Becoming a part of Siskin Children’s Institute(SCI) Home Visiting Program took a load off of our family. I now felt like I could give Jadon & work 100% again and neither one would have to suffer. Jadon is almost three years old now and was diagnosed with Mild Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Delay. Jadon has been with SCI's Home Visiting Program for nearly two years and has overcome so many struggles and continues to meet goals and accomplish milestones monthly. Jadon's next milestone is walking and he is soooo close. I do not know where Jadon or our family would be without TEIS and SCI being there for us with their support, listening to our concerns, reassuring us when we were discouraged, and sharing their wealth of knowledge with us. TEIS has always told us from day one, if your insurance does not cover it, do not worry we will, we will make sure Jadon has everything he needs from therapy, leg braces, to a gate trainer,and wheelchair.

Our developmental therapist and our physical therapist are the most caring and compassionate people I have ever met. Jadon is not "just another child" to them, he is loved by them, and our family considers them family. Jadon is so determined and always gives his heart in all that he does. Nothing has came easy for Jadon. He has had to fight for every new journey he takes,but I know with Siskin Children’s Institute, TEIS, loving family and friends,and Jadon's strong will and mind he will succeed in all he does.

-- Jennifer, Jadon's Mom