Finding Your Voice
A Girl with Speech Apraxia Helps her New Friend Combat Stage Fright
When new student, Violet, joins Mr. Garcia’s class, everyone gives her a warm welcome. Especially Mandy and two become fast friends. Mandy admires Violet, especially her confidence when talking in front of the whole class. Even if Violet does it a little differently than most (Violet has apraxia of speech, which means she uses a tablet to help her speak). So, when it’s Mandy’s turn to get in front of the whole class to speak--for show and tell—she enlists the help of Violet. Together, the two help Mandy calm her nerves and find her voice.
Written in partnership with a tenured pediatric speech language pathologist, Jeremy’s Big Role is both a fun story time read and a vetted resource for caregivers looking to have first conversations with young children about supporting their peers.