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monroe Town recognizes children with apraxia

Amanda CudaMay 14, 2019

MONROE — Having a child with apraxia can be frustrating, said Patricia Miller, 33.

The motor speech disorder, which is a disconnect between the brain and the mouth muscles and affects one to 10 out of 1,000 children, is difficult to diagnose and treat.

It’s also something most people aren’t aware of, said Miller, who lives in Monroe. Her 5-year-old son Jack has apraxia. He was officially diagnosed at 4, and she’s worked to draw more attention to his condition and his needs.

“When you ask someone to tell you what Down syndrome is, they can likely tell you something about it, and some of the characteristics,” Miller said. “But you ask someone about apraxia, and a lot of people don’t know what it is.”

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