Parents bring awareness to rare neurological disorder
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MILWAUKEE - A couple from Milwaukee is very grateful. They love spending time together with their two adorable sons, four-year-old Keaton, and two-year-old Nolan. But behind this happy family is a deep concern.
Little Keaton was two-and-a-half when was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder called Apraxia of Speech. Apraxia of Speech is a condition that makes it difficult for kids to talk because of motor skill delays. Keaton is smart, and comprehends well, but forming words is tough.
"He has a very difficult time getting consonants and words out," said his mom Elizabeth Bagnall. "He couldn't not blow bubbles till his fourth birthday."
With therapy, Keaton will likely enjoy normal speech, but Elizabeth and Matthew Bagnall have a warning for parents.
"If your pediatrician tells you or family and friends tell you he's just a late talker, Einstein didn't talk till he was 5, or 6, don't ignore the signs!" said dad Matt Bagnall.
Liz goes on to explain, "The sooner they can get early intervention and proper therapy the less frustration kiddies will have when when they're learning to communicate."
"I want parents to understand when they say your kid is talking, talking , talking never keeps quiet, just remember, they don't struggle! They have all the tools to speak proper," Matt explained.
Matt Bagnall says parents should not take it for granted when a child talks easily. So the Bagnalls will continue to be on a mission, to raise their voices for kids who cannot.