University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

The Winston Family

Mother and father with daughter in walker
"My kids are super happy kids."

Aleah, 3 years old, and Skye, 1 year old, have been diagnosed with global developmental delay, believed to be the result of PLEC gene-related disorder. 

Atreyu, 8 years old, has autism, intellectual disability, and pica. Sometimes the difficulties of autism can lead to behaviors that are challenging to understand and address.

Among their three children with special health care needs, the Winstons see 13 specialists, most of them over two hours away in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Boy sitting on the grass with his fatherMother hugging her son on the couchTwo young girls in hammock swings