“Chatty Maddy” gives back to the organization that gave her a voice

By Ashley M. Casey

At an age when most typical 3-year-olds start to exhibit their silliest faces, Madalyn Rupert could not even stick out her tongue.

Madalyn was diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech and dyspraxia at the age of 3. After years of occupational therapy, physical therapy and assistive technology, Maddy, now 10 years old, can string together six to nine spoken words at a time.

“A child with apraxia is easily flustered because they know what they want to say, they understand what you’re saying, but they cannot verbalize their needs and wants,” explained Maddy’s mother, Monica Stoutenger.

Stoutenger, who is board president of Parents of Special Children, is helping her daughter pay it forward for the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) by hosting a Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech on Sept. 28 at Volney Park.

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