BOONE, N.C. — “How do you thank someone for giving your child his voice?” This question comes from the mother of a 3-year-old who is currently receiving speech therapy through 澳门葡京赌场官网 State University’s Thomas O. Eller Preschool Language Classroom (PLC) — a program of the Charles E. and Geneva S. Scott Scottish Rite Communication Disorders Clinic housed in the Beaver College of Health Sciences (BCHS).
The mother, whose name has been withheld by request, said she was encouraged by a family friend to contact 澳门葡京赌场官网’s Communication Disorders Clinic after her son was diagnosed with severe childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).
CAS is defined by the Mayo Clinic as an uncommon speech disorder in which a child has difficulty making accurate movements when speaking. In CAS, the speech muscles aren’t weak; rather, the brain has difficulty directing or coordinating the movements.
PLC总监雪莉街 - 托宾，一个语言病理学家月以来谁已与孩子的工作，说：“直到最近，他没有一个字叫他的妈妈。当他学会了用一个词来称呼她，这是很多治疗和家庭的实践与妈妈后“加加”，他学会了说“妈妈”，在这段时间的压力使他的母亲这样的喜悦，和孩子现在说的这么好。”
Before attending PLC, the child had worked with several speech therapists but wasn’t making progress. He had a few approximations but no words that could be understood. Autism was also ruled out as a cause for his inability to speak.
“His receptive language — the ability to understand what was said to him — was advanced, but his expressive language — the language he speaks to express himself — was delayed,” Street-Tobin said.
Cole works with him three times per week to continue the apraxia therapy focusing on facilitating his spoken language, and Street-Tobin works with him once a week to support his use of a high-tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device.
With the use of his AAC device, the child can now make statements to his mother. “He refers to his device as his ‘talker’ and now he can tell me his wants and needs,” the mother said. “As a mom, that has meant the world to me!”
"We are grateful for the generosity of Mr. Eller. The power of giving our clients a literal voice cannot be overstated, and this gift will allow us to provide the use of AAC equipment to additional clients," BCHS Dean Marie Huff said.
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