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Apraxia: Communication tough for Sterling Heights twins

“Leave me alone,” says an electronic voice as Alex Wathen giggles with his twin brother Peter. The 6-year-old boys type in another round of messaging and what comes out next is hard to hear, but the boys laugh anyway.

The small tabletop devices, what the boys call “talkers,” are touch screens featuring a multitude of words, symbols and pictures. The twins use the electronic and other tools to help teachers, visitors and sometimes even the boys’ parents to understand what they are trying to communicate.

The Wathen boys have apraxia of speech, a motor speech disorder. For unknown reasons, children with apraxia of speech have trouble with the planning and movements of the mouth and jaw. The root word “praxis” means planned movement.

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