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Photo: Roxane Romanick“Roxane has a unique way of solving problems. She makes you think about solutions (even when she may know the answer) to give you the confidence you need to move forward and be a leader. “
Vicki Peterson, parent

Roxane Romanick
Champion for Families, North Dakota

Roxane was nominated by Vicki Peterson who shared her family’s story:

Roxane came into my family’s life shortly after my youngest son was born. He appeared to have developmental problems early on and a physician referred us to the local early intervention program and Roxane was the Experienced Parent for the program. From Roxane I learned about child development and how it related to my son and where his delays lie. She described to me the importance of early intervention and the early signs to watch for. My son was suspected of having autism. Roxane was instrumental in providing a way for us to get to an autism clinic. We made it through the clinic and diagnosis, all the while knowing that Roxane was supporting me. Roxane supported me and my son who thrived in early intervention. Words will never be able to express how thankful I am for her teaching me early development and being my trusted friend.

Meet Roxane Romanick
Roxane is the State Family Liaison through North Dakota’s Early Intervention program, a board member of a national organization called the Early Intervention Family Alliance and parent of a child with a disability. She brings a parent perspective to policy and program development, in her state and nationally. She is enthusiastic about the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” materials and shares them with families and child care providers to help them communicate their concerns with families. She is passionate about supporting parents. “It’s what keeps my lifeblood going”, says Roxane.

“Autism is a big puzzle to figure out.” says Roxane. “When I first met Vicki, she had lots of questions.” Her message to parents is very clear. “Trust yourself when you have concerns. Remember that you’re in charge. Listen to your gut. If you think something is wrong, you’re usually right no matter what others say.” She encourages parents to “use the law of your feet…if what’s happening isn’t working for you and your child, find something else. You have to find the right balance for you and your family.” Her advice to anyone who wants to support a family is simple and powerful. “It’s the hardest thing, but sometimes you just have to walk along beside someone.”

For more information on how you can reach out to health professionals in your area, visit the How to Get Involved page of the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” website.

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