Maddox Godby’s Story


I am the mother of a 4 year 7 month old boy. He came into this life 12 weeks early. Our beautiful baby boy was born October 23, 2007. He spent the first 11 weeks of his life in the NICU at Central Baptist Hospital. Maddox went through a lot during his stay at the NICU. He was such a good baby during his stay and even when we brought him home. Because of his premature birth he was at several different doctors for a myriad of therapies. We love being parents to Maddox and are so thankful to have him.

When he was reaching his toddler months he started acting out and we at first thought nothing of it. We chalked it up to being “Terrible Twos”. When it did not change or get any better, and only got worse, is when we asked his pediatrician about it, but he just shrugged it off and said “it will get better with time”. His behavior never got better so we sought out for a psychological evaluation. We went to see a social worker and were involved in the program Bluegrass Impact that helped us with guidance and support. The social worker saw that Maddox’s behavior was not improving. She went to one of the doctors and asked for them to see Maddox and evaluate him. They do not usually see children his age, but agreed from what the social worker said that he needed to be seen.

Maddox’s behavior is, and has been, up and down; never the same. He is delayed in his speech and in his fine and gross motor skills. Maddox has been attending speech therapy since he was 8 months, and OT since he was about 18 months. Maddox has violent outbursts, and yells and screams and does a lot of hitting. Maddox also has a lot of trouble sleeping. For those, (the public) who do not know that he has the diagnosis of Dyspraxia and ADHD, think he is spoiled or out of control. We saw the psychologist on Feb 14, 2012 and that is when he got the diagnoses of Dyspraxia and ADHD. Since then he still has his ups and downs. He is better though. He is on one medicine in the morning and evening and then also for sleeping. Maddox is a fun-loving and sweet lil’ guy. Before he was diagnosed he would not “play” with toys. He “explored” with his toys. Now he is sitting down coloring, drawing and playing with toys in the appropriate way. In the last few weeks he has learned to write his name and it is amazing to see him do age appropriate things and enjoying it. His dad and I are very happy with his recent new discoveries. We are very thankful for all who have helped us get Maddox to where he is today. We look forward to all his new experiences and discoveries.