Londyn Dixon has a big, bright and infectious personality. Although she is still working hard every day to improve her communication skills, she has already made a huge impact among all those around her.
“The exceptional thing about Londyn is that she works so hard with grace and persistence,” said her SSD teacher Lauren Walls. “It has been an absolute joy facilitating the growth of Londyn’s communication skills, but even more so watching her grow into her true self over the past five years.”
Londyn’s early years were not easy. In fact, they were filled with countless medical issues and developmental delays from the moment she was born several months early. After more than half a year receiving medical treatments in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), her family was able to bring her home. However, after that, she would eventually require several more medical procedures. At the age of 1, she received hearing aids to deal with ongoing fluctuating hearing loss.
As she entered preschool, Londyn began receiving intense individualized auditory, speech, physical and occupational therapy. Even though her language skills were still developing, she showed tremendous initiative in interacting with her peers and adults. As she moved on to elementary school, her desire to socialize and spend time with others carried with her.
Now a fourth-grader in SSD’s North County deaf/hard of hearing program at Brown Elementary in the Hazelwood School District, Londyn is an active member of the school community. Her language abilities have improved dramatically over the years, and she’s active in many school functions, including the school’s Green Team, Girls on the Run and teaching fellow students American Sign Language during all-school assemblies. She has earned the “Best of Brown” monthly character award several times.
“In addition to her incredible personality and enthusiasm for school, she is an incredible friend to others. Londyn shows strong character in everything she does,” said Melanie Davison, principal at Brown.