Everyone, meet my dude Noah.
I met Noah when he was just 15 months old. He is now 6 years old and has Childhood Apraxia of Speech – and he is truly one of the most incredible, smart, hardworking, and kind-hearted kids I have EVER met. I will never forget sitting on the living room floor of his family’s home every week during speech therapy, watching this kid work so dang hard to say his first word. He has continued to grow and amaze me over and over again since then. That moment, however, when I knew that I wanted to be a speech therapist. This kid (and his little brother) are my reason why.
What is Childhood Apraxia of Speech, you may ask? Think about it this way…
Imagine living in a world where you can perfectly understand everything you hear and you know exactly what you want to say. Sounds “normal”, right? Now imagine opening your mouth to speak, but the words just don’t always come out right. The muscles in your mouth just aren’t able to move how they need to and you sound just a little bit different so that only a handful of people can truly understand what you are saying. That is Apraxia…and that’s what my dude Noah deals with every single day.
So on September 22nd, I will be walking for Noah and all other kids with Apraxia, with a goal of raising $300. PLEASE help me raise awareness and support Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Donate, walk, share this post - whatever you can do would be greatly appreciated.