Kelly Clarkson’s Son Working Hard To Overcome Speech And Hearing Problems
In an interview with People magazine this May, pop star Kelly Clarkson opened up about her 4-year-old son, Remington "Remy" Alexander, who had hearing and speech issues when he was younger, which affected his development as a child.
Clarkson's husband, Brandon Blackstock, was the first to notice that Remy seemed to be having some hearing issues. "He had a speech problem because he had this ear problem when he was a baby. We didn't know," Clarkson told People in early May.
When he was a baby, they found a large buildup of wax in Remington's ears and thought the youngster may actually be deaf, Clarkson told the magazine. He displayed signs of a serious hearing problem, such as speaking as if he were under water and not having the ability to communicate his feelings.
After seeing a specialist, the family discovered that the problem was actually pretty minor and fixable. Now that he physical ailment has been corrected, Remington is working on playing catch-up when it comes to his speech.
"We found [out] it was something simple, but it pushed him back almost nine months," she explained in the interview. "So we've been working really hard with his speech and he's still doing his speech therapist via Zoom. The big milestone for us is Remy getting to really find out his own personality and his identity, because it's been frustrating for him to not be able to really vocalize his emotion."
Zoom gives users the ability to communicate via video with several others and has been a go-to service for many healthcare providers, teachers and companies who have been forced to have their employees work from home during the pandemic.
In the interview with People, she also described what the biggest milestone in Remington's speech journey has been.
"The fact that he's making full sentences now and full-on engaging with us is really a blessing."
Before speech therapy, Remington experienced difficulties with expressing his emotions and finding his own identity. Now that he's in speech therapy, his little personality is really coming out.
People reports that Clarkson, Blackstock and their children are currently self-isolating on their ranch in Montana during the coronavirus pandemic while Remy continues his meetings via Zoom. Remy's story demonstrates that the children of celebrities aren't immune to health problems like hearing or speech delays. Remington was lucky enough to have determined parents advocating on his behalf until they found a solution to his health problem.Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images
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