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Larry Eliason, 2, has been diagnosed with fragile X syndrome, a genetic disorder that impairs his development. Larry is in therapy twice a week for two hours of physical, speech and occupational therapy. Occupational therapist Laura Hennes works with Larry while his mom, Jessica Eliason, looks on at Little Miracles Pediatric Therapy. Eric Hylden / Forum News Service

North Dakota family adapts to son's fragile X disorder


GRAND FORKS — When she held her baby close, Jessica Eliason had a feeling that something wasn’t quite right with Larry.

“I was always kind of concerned about him. He didn’t have that connection,” she said.

“You know how babies, when you pick them up, they kind of snuggle into you? He didn’t do that.”

As Larry got older, she noticed that he wasn’t meeting certain developmental milestones.

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