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17th February, 2024

[Source: Disability Scoop]

FORT WORTH, Texas — Nora Cerda purses her lips together, getting ready to kiss a strawberry lollipop.

After 10 kisses, she gets a break to savor the treat.

Nora, 7, is finishing a session of speech therapy with her speech language pathologist, Leanna Vollintine.

These twice-weekly sessions at the family’s home in Weatherford are essential for Nora, who was diagnosed with both Down syndrome and Moebius syndrome as an infant. Both diagnoses have caused muscle weakness and nerve innervation in her face and tongue, making it harder for Nora to speak, chew and swallow food. Her string of exercises with the lollipop helps her to strengthen those muscles. Kissing the lollipop, in particular, helps her practice closing her mouth, Vollintine said.

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