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This page is dedicated to raising awareness of verbal dyspraxia, a neurological speech disorder that affects about 1-2 people per 1000.


I am a 15 year old boy who was diagnosed with verbal dyspraxia when I was 2 and a half years old. For 13 years my family and I lived with the loneliness this little known condition can bring. Can you imagine being a child and knowing exactly what you want to say but then when you speak none of your sounds come out right and no one can understand you. Not even your closest family members. Children with verbal dyspraxia will not improve without intensive, frequent speech therapy supported by a lot of practice at home and even then it is a very slow process. It took until I was 8 years old before people outside my family began to understand what I was saying. Now at 15 years old everyone can understand everything I say but I know that not all my speech sounds are perfect. I also have word finding difficulties. Having verbal dyspraxia has also affected my literacy skills which in turn has affected all aspects of my learning.

At the start of 2015 I set up a facebook page to support other families going through the same diagnosis as me. This has grown throughout last year and I am now trying to raise funds to support children who, like me, struggle with their learning.


Last year I was awarded the Dyspraxia Foundation's Matthew Hunt award for all my efforts to raise awareness of verbal dyspraxia. This year I have been nominated for the Positive Role Model - Disability award at The National Diversity Awards. I really need your votes to have a chance of being shortlisted. Voting closes on 20th June. Please click on the link above and follow the instructions to register your vote. Thank you.

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