ROANOKE CO., Va. (WDBJ7) Many of us take for granted being able to speak and communicate clearly. But for one little boy in Roanoke County, those things don’t come easy.
“Seeing Dylan as a baby, he was walking within six months, he was born in June, December he was up and cruising around. So you saw that physical development was speedy,” Dylan’s father, Travis Townsend, said.
But at 2 years old, Dylan still wasn’t talking, which was concerning for Travis as a parent. That’s when the Townsends learned about apraxia.
“It’s not just a speech impediment, it’s an actual disconnection between the brain and the muscles of the mouth, and without the therapy, he would not develop the ability to talk,” Townsend said.
“I have a speaking problem, OK?” Dylan said when talking about how he describes his apraxia.
Dylan, now 9 years old, goes to speech therapy five times a …