Cayden Drolen’s favorite thing to eat is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
He has one every day for lunch because they’re easy for him to chew. The 4-year-old Lake in the Hills boy was diagnosed two years ago with childhood apraxia of speech, a neurological disorder that affects motor planning skills and speech.
Cayden understands words and sounds appropriately, but because of a “misfire” in his brain, his parents said his words come out jumbled and unintelligible when he tries to speak.
Over the past few years, this particular disorder has become one of the fastest growing among young children, according to the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America.
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