Amy sits in the waiting room as her then 2½-year-old son, Auggie, attends speech therapy and a weekly preschool class at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.
Auggie has apraxia of speech, a neurological disorder that affects a child’s ability to produce syllables and words. Amy hasn’t heard him say “mama” or “papa.” She hasn’t heard him say any word, even his own name.
Auggie works with speech-language pathologist Jennifer ("Jenn") Ziemak. They achieve a big breakthrough after just a few visits.
“She came back to the waiting room and told me that Auggie was sounding out both syllables of his name,” Amy says.
“That’s when I cried.”
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