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BR Parents: February 2019

As Education Editor, I wrote pages 22-25 of the February 2019 issue of Baton Rouge Parents Magazine. See the layout on the magazine's website.

I also wrote Exceptional Lives: From Sound to Silence.

BR Parents Exceptional Lives: From Silence to Sound

Jill Gill’s birth plan didn’t include weeks of bed rest or an induction at 37 weeks due to pre-eclampsia, but when her son Tucker was born last February, she was glad he came early. Her eight-pound, healthy baby boy, however, failed his newborn hearing screenings, and an even more unexpected journey began for the Gill family.

Before more detailed testing, Jill took newborn Tucker to meet a friend at the Whistlestop CafĂ© in Denham Springs. “We were outside on the patio, and a train came by and laid on the horn full blast,” Jill remembers. “Tucker didn’t flinch.”

She says she knew then that Tucker could not hear. She and her husband, Jacob Gill, went into the auditory brain response test with that expectation. When Tucker was four weeks old, the family found out that he had bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss.

Read the rest on the Baton Rouge Parents Magazine website.

BR Parents One Amazing Kid: Siena Snow

When Siena Snow was invited to take the ACT as part of the Duke University Talent Identification Program as a seventh grader last year, her mom, Angie Snow, didn’t think much of it because Siena’s older brothers Curran and Christian had also taken the ACT in seventh grade. However, Siena’s score led her to be chosen for four additional Duke TIP honors: Gifted eStudies, Academy for Summer Studies, Gifted Center for Summer Studies, and Gifted State Recognition, which honors students who score at or above the 95th percentile. Siena, now 13, was the only student at Prairieville Middle School to receive all five honors.

Read the rest on the Baton Rouge Parents Magazine website.