On December 19, 2003, Greg and LaTanya Sothern’s lives changed with just a short sentence from the doctor, “Your baby has Arthrogryposis.” In that moment so much changed – but what did not change was the strong bond they had to each other, their close network of family and friends, and mountain-moving faith. The author shares her intimate experiences of the first year of the life of her oldest son Tré, and chronicles the journey of her transformation into the voice, the advocate her son needed her to be so he could defy the odds. She also offers encouraging and practical advice on how to care and advocate for a loved one while successfully managing everyday life.
About The Author:
LaTanya S. Sothern has been an educator for 20 years. She is a passionate supporter of special needs children and it is her mission to help them get services appropriate for their needs. A native Washingtonian, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Communication and Economics from The American University and a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Howard University. She is certified in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and School Administration; achieved National Board Certification (Early Childhood Generalist); is the founder of the special-needs ministry at her church and is the C.E.O. and Owner of Sothern Education Solutions, LLC – offering special education consulting and advocacy. She has been happily married to her husband Greg for 18 years. They have two sons, Thomas III (Tré) and Quinton, and reside in Prince George’s County, Maryland.