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Middle School, Puberty, and Apraxia? You've Got to Be Kidding

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Ah, the trials and tribulations of the pre-teen years. Being anywhere near the age of 11 to 13 years old is already challenging enough. Puberty, friendships, the awkward questions between asking your crush if they like you and "Mom, how do I shave?"- it's all overwhelming.  Throw in Apraxia and on top of these frequent middle school obstacles, those diagnosed seem to face another onslaught of challenges. My top two internal struggles at the ripe age of 12 (at least from what I found in my plethora of diary entries) were:  1.  "People say I talk funny but I have to do this presentation in class. How do I do it without being made fun of..." or  2. "My crush said I looked cute but they wouldn't date anyone who talks like me, what does that mean?" Oh, if only I could go back and talk to Middle School Aly. Or actually, if I could go back and give some people a piece of my mind... Point is, this delicate balance between Apraxia-challenges and puberty cha