“There are some days that are very hard. There are also some days that I don’t even think about Kyana having autism.”

Andrea Barran has partnered with Family Lifeline’s Petersburg Early Childhood programming since she was pregnant with her 5 year-old daughter Kyana. She was referred to the program by her neighbors who also participate in the program. As a first-time mother, she was excited to engage in a program that provided hands-on interaction in her home. She partnered with Family Lifeline to learn as much as she could about being a good parent. Andrea found the program very helpful, receiving information on proper nutrition, breastfeeding, and how to care for her baby. Our multi-disciplinary team, including a nurse and parent educator, worked with Andrea to develop a plan for success—for both mother and daughter. Together, they focused on age appropriate development—walking, talking, and healthy routines.
Through that effort, the team identified early delays in Kyana’s speech development leading to speech therapy and ultimately a diagnosis of autism. Early intervention was critical in getting Kyana the help she needed. Andrea credits her Family Lifeline team with “giving Kyana a chance for a future.”
Family Lifeline’s Early Childhood development programs provide intensive home visiting support to vulnerable families throughout greater Richmond and Petersburg. Early Childhood programming utilizes a collaborative team approach—nurse, parent educator, clinical social worker—to prepare children for success in school and life.
Watch Andrea’s story.