Brighton Franklin Never Quits

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Brighton Franklin


Editor’s Note: In our most recent issue of Amazing magazine, we discuss our Pedatric Development and Therapy Center and how its one-of-a-kind approach to care is changing the lives of kids with autism across Louisiana. Brighton is one such amazing kid. We’ve asked his mom to tell his story. Click here to read the full feature on our clinic.


Brighton’s story began at 2 years old. After noticing several concerning signs at his well checks, our pediatrician referred us to the Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital Pediatric Development and Therapy Center. Brighton was diagnosed with developmental delay, ADHD and autism. In the beginning, Brighton was only able to communicate through the use of single words and sign language. He had a severe lack of social skills and an inability to focus.

But we worked with Dr. Steven Felix, Nancy (speech therapist) and Brooke (occupational therapist) to implement early intervention, which is the key to Brighton’s successful story. The clinic worked really hard to make sure that Brighton was a priority as a patient and would have immediate access to all services to assist him to be able to function in normal settings, both formal and informal as well as educational settings.

Brighton has made great strides so far both educationally and socially despite his diagnosis. He is now 8 years old and loves school where he has friends who accept his quirks, such as direct honesty and literal understanding/answers at times.

He absolutely loves Dr. Felix and his therapists. They have become an integral part of Brighton’s world and reality. They have become just like family to us. The team at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is always helpful and willing to work with its patients’ parents to ensure success.

Brighton’s favorite statement to himself as he looks in the mirror is “Brighton Franklin never quits.” I thank God every day for his doctors, therapists and all of the staff who help to give Brighton a chance to live a full and happy life.


About the Author

Joelle Franklin is Brighton’s mom.

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