Jaxon is a cheerful little guy who is starting to explore.
The 1-year-old conquered rolling over and crawling early on and is now taking some steps while pushing his scoot-around Dinosaur at home.
Jaxon is a typical toddler in so many ways. He loves music, dancing, toys that make noise and hanging out with his puppy, Briggs.
“He’s very social. He is a little flirt,” says Krystal, his mom.
As the mother of a child with Down syndrome, Krystal says society sees all kinds of limitations on what Jaxon can accomplish. What they don’t understand, however, is that her son is on a unique path and has a world of potential.
“Jaxon is awesome. He sets his own pace and it is great watching him succeed,” Krystal says.
Krystal credits the Guilds’ School staff with helping her and her husband, Cody, understand how to help Jaxon build the brain connections and muscle strength that is foundational for succeeding in school and in life.
“They really break it down so we can understand how children learn. They are always trying something new with Jaxon,” Krystal explains.
Jaxon became part of the Guilds’ School family when he started receiving in-home therapy when he was just over two months old. His special education teacher and the physical, occupational and speech therapists work as a team to help Jaxon reach milestones that range from grasping objects to following directions and walking. He’s also learning to eat a wide-range of food and totally loves pancakes.
Jaxon has dealt with some setbacks during his developmental journey and his parents have had their share of worries. He was diagnosed with a congenital heart disorder and received surgery at nine months of age to repair holes in his heart. The next day, Jaxon surprised everyone when he sat up in his hospital crib, smiled and blew raspberries at his mom and dad. He has dealt with infantile spasms, a kidney scare and all of the resulting medical tests.
“He’s really strong. He’s been through a lot,” recalls Krystal.
As Jaxon healed from surgery, his therapy continued at a modified pace as the Guilds’ School’s caring professionals ensured that he kept making developmental strides without aggravating his incision. Now that he feeling so much better, and making a ton of progress, the sky is the limit!
“It’s very helpful to have the support of the Guilds’ School in teaching us ways to keep our kid growing so he can be the best he can be.”