Jack’s Story

By: Tammy, Parent of Jack, a 13 year old with a 16p11.2 duplication

What is your child’s relationship like with his/her siblings?

Fair. He has trouble taking turns and talks about the same things over and over

What does your family do for fun?

Bike ride.

Tell us about the biggest hardship your family faces.

Going out.

What about your child puts a smile on your face?

Sweet, he makes funny faces.

What motivates you to participate in research?

Helping others.

What have you learned about your child’s condition from other families?

Not as much as I would like.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone recently diagnosed with the genetic change in your family, what would it be?

It helps explain how your child is.

What is one question you wish researchers could answer about your child’s genetic change?

Can the genetics be changed?