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Mother seeks to raise community awareness

May 14, 2014

Tara Johnston, of Cincinnati, and her son, Truman, 4, participate in the 2013 Walk for Children. Truman was diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech at 22 months old. (Photo provided)

A Wapakoneta native and her family are spreading the word about a mysterious neurological disorder that has affected her 4-year-old son and is hoping others will support their cause.

Tara and Matt Johnston, of Cincinnati, are supporting their son, Truman, in his struggle with apraxia — a severe speech and communication disorder. Truman’s mother is asking communities to “Wear BLUE 4 Tru!” today for Apraxia Awareness Day.

After being diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech at 22 months, Truman received bi-weekly therapy sessions in hopes that he would qualify for part-time preschool, Johnston said. However, due to occupational issues, Truman may now need additional therapy that may not be possible at his home school.  

“Since apraxia is a mysterious neurological disorder with no known cause or cure, daily appointments and evaluations will increase in duration and intensity,” Johnston said.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 14 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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