Jackeline Orellana was six months pregnant when she learned during an ultrasound that her baby Jada’s brain was enlarged. When Jada was born the doctors found she had multiple brain deformities, which affected her vision. She started working with her EI-TVI from
A Shared Vision
when Jada was four months old.
Jackeline understands the challenges of raising a child with developmental delays. She has a 21-year-old sister who has special needs. “I want to be strong like my mom," says Jackeline. To encourage Jackeline, her mom explains, “God knows why things happen. We were chosen to take care of our special needs angels.”
With help from her EI-TVI, Jackeline joined a support group of five mothers who have children with infantile spasms. “It’s hard being a special needs parent because not everyone understands what you’re experiencing,” explains Jackeline. “The support group is really nice. We can ask each other questions. There’s always something new the doctors tell us that we can discuss. And we’ve become friends,” explains Jackeline.