Special Needs Spotlight: Alex Lanoux

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Alex Lanoux’s family feel that the new Kidz Kove park will allow kids with special needs to play safely among their typical peers.

Meet the Lanoux family, Dad – Jay, Mom – Erin, and sisters Abby (6), Audrey (4), and Alex (2 ½).  Alex has Down Syndrome and was born with a complete AV-Canal heart defect that included multiple holes in her heart and a valve that failed to divide. Alex’s heart defects made it very difficult for her to eat and gain weight as an infant. Alex struggled and had to overcome many challenges until finally, at only two months of age, she was healthy enough to travel to Children’s Hospital in Boston to undergo open heart surgery to repair the heart defects. The surgery was a complete success and Alex has been healthy ever since.  She is truly a miracle child!

Having Alex’s heart issues behind them, Alex’s family began to focus on her development. Because she has Down syndrome, Alex’s muscle tone is lower than that of a typical child which makes it more difficult for her to meet ordinary milestones. In addition, her ear, nose and throat canals are extraordinarily small and that presents challenges with regard to her speech and hearing. But Alex has not allowed these challenges to hold her back! With the assistance of doctors, therapists, and a supportive family, she has sailed ahead and is now a very determined child who inspires her family and friends everyday. Today Alex’s favorite pastimes include playing with her sisters and cousins, and visiting her grandparents. She also loves to go out in public and draw smiles out of the least suspecting strangers! Alex’s parents believe that Kidz Kove park is so important so that kids with special needs, like Alex, can safely play alongside their typical siblings and peers. A place where all children will be accepted and can together enjoy one of the most basic and fundamental aspects of childhood – Play!

Project Kidz Kove is making amazing leaps and bounds toward their goal of building an all accessible playground 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.

This profile proudly sponsored by:

Percy, Stromberg, Bush & Lanoux Attorneys at Law

"“Wishing continued success to Project Kidz Kove for the enjoyment of many families.”