Speech, language and hearing development problems
"When I was a few weeks old, my dad and mom noticed I was not progressing like their friends' kids and, after the medical exam, doctors told my parents I would be a vegetable," remembers Rick Hoyt. "To this day, I don't know what kind of vegetable I'm supposed to be." Despite the fact that cerebral palsy has rendered him quadriplegic and unable to talk, Rick can still crack jokes like this through a high-tech communication device he was taught to use by John Costello, MA, CCC-SLP, who has worked with Rick for nearly 25 years.
Read more and watch videos at http://www.childrenshospital.org/dream/spring09/freedom_of_speech.html.