Special Needs Spotlight: Lincoln Babin

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Lincoln Babin

Meet the Babin family, Dad-Blaise, Mom-Reine, brothers Zachary and Ethan, sister Annie, and out-going 12-year old Lincoln. Lincoln was born with autism, something that affects the whole family.  A happy, developmentally healthy child, Lincoln began to change at age three. The child who could ride a razor scooter at two, could no longer hop on one foot or run and walk without looking awkward, sometimes falling and injuring himself enough that emergency room visits became common.  He began shutting himself away from the rest of the world. Sensory issues and poor motor skills prevented Lincoln from going to places like public parks, movies, and birthday parties. The family was in a constant state of confusion, helplessness, and shock watching him drift further and further away.

Because there were few noticeable external signs of his disability, he was labeled by others as just a bad kid who needed to be disciplined.   He and his family’s lives became very lonely and they were mostly confined at home. With a lot of love, hard work and the assistance of doctors, therapists and the Ascension Parish School System, Lincoln is now in a regular sixth grade classroom and excelling both academically and socially.  The more children like Lincoln are around neuro-typical children, the more they will be accepted. Lincoln’s family believes if you make a visit to Kids Kove once it’s completed, the smiles that you see will show how this park really can make a difference to children with special needs.  Isn’t that what life is all about, making a difference?

Project Kidz Kove is making amazing leaps and bounds toward their goal of building an all accessible play ground in Gonzales. More than 20,000 children in Ascension and the surrounding parishes will benefit from this ADA approved play space. Not only for children with physical disabilities, this park covers it all, complete with educational panels and quiet areas for children that are easily over stimulated.

“I am proud to sponsor Lincoln Babin, a special needs child from the Gonzales area in support of “Project Kidz Kove.” This fund-raising project will result in the construction of “Kidz Kove Discovery Park” in Gonzales and when completed will be utilized by children with special needs as well as typical children.  All children in our area will be able to meet here and play, which coincides with the theme for the project -“Play is Universal.” All children ought to have the opportunity to play and have fun. I thank the “Project Kidz Kove” committee for their hard work and dedication. It is truly an honor and a privilege to be involved with, and to support this “one-of-a-kind” project, which will definitely enhance the quality of life for everyone in and around our community.” 

John Cagnolatti, Gonzales City Councilman