Many across the valley are stockpiling fireworks to ring in the New Year.
But what could be a celebration for some could be a nightmare for others.
This week we meet Alton Johnson, a special needs child who struggles around fireworks.
At four years old, Alton’s favorite activities include watching videos on his new tablet, playing with his toys and watching tv.
His grandmother Maria Barron tells us that Alton suffers from Shaken Baby Syndrome. She says that he’s the family’s miracle baby as “he’s had 3 strokes, [suffers from] partial paralysis on the right, [has] a few learning disabilities and difficulty with speech.”
Alton was vigorously shaken by a caretaker at 13 months old. Now he is one of many who suffer from Shaken Baby Syndrome. His Grandmother currently has custody over him. She says The Christmas season can be exciting with all the lights, gifts and décor. But come Christmas or New Year’s Eve, and fireworks can pose a problem.
“…a couple of people decided to pop a couple of fireworks, so we had 2 two to three nights of him yelling ‘fireworks, I don’t want them,’” says Barron.
Fireworks may not affect all Children, however some special needs children like Alton are severely affected by them. The family is not sure what exactly triggers Alton, but his grandmother tells us that she avoids media that may contain them as precaution.
Barron once lived in South Padre Island, a place known firework shows take over the night skies during major holidays. Today she lives in Los Fresnos, a city that sells and allows the use of fireworks within city limits. Los Fresnos City ordinances allow firework use from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. on New Year’s.
And even though she can’t talk to everyone in the city about her grandson’s sensitivity, she does have a message for others.
“Kids don’t show their disabilities. Unfortunately, it could trigger them off and they can become violent… we never know,” says Barron.
For more information on your local city ordinance Visit city’s website and look for ‘ordinances.’