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Tri-Cities Mother Walking to Raise Awareness for Verbal Apraxia

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NBCRightNow.com - A Tri-Cities mother is determined to help give a voice to her son's speech disorder.

Melissa Knowlton's son was diagnosed with Verbal Apraxia at the age of three. Now, she is making it her mission to bring awareness to this neurological speech disorder.

The little known disorder makes it difficult or impossible for kids to accurately produce sounds, syllables, and words despite understanding language.

"My son couldn't talk until he was four, so a lot of people assume that he's not smart because he's not speaking where it's an actual disorder that we want to raise awareness that it was nothing he could control it has nothing to do with his smarts, that this is something out there that kids do have, even adults have it," Knowlton said.

The walk starts at 10 a.m. this Saturday in Yakima at Kissel Park.

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