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My son, inspiration, and Talking Page co-founder! He's always trying his best at everything he does. This page contains speech samples spanning 7 years, 9 months. You can send Brandon (or me Scott) e-mail at brandon@debtsmart.com. (Inside Edition did a story on Apraxia in 8/2000. You can see photos and watch the video here.)

Brandon with snow in background from this year's first blizzard.
 

Today is 2/12/06 and Brandon is 14 years 1 month old. He's in 8th grade, mainstream in band and specials. He's an A-B student and have a great final year of middle school!

RECORDING!! 

Click here to listen to Brandon read from the book, Alias: A Secret Life. You can compare this to his last recording on 6/4/05, "On the freshly mowed grass below, students of all ages and descriptions were enjoying the sunny sprint day, sitting and talking in groups or playing impromptu games of touch football and catch. Frisbees crisscrossed the scene, and a giggling gag of sorority girls ran back and forth trying to fly a long, colorful kite. Shorts and tank tops were the uniform of the day, and even from her fifth-floor window, Sydney could smell the suntan lotion." 

Brandon and his father, Scott, having nice dinner at the historic Hurricane house in Barnegat New Jersey.

Brandon's favorite drinks here are chocolate milk and chocolate milk shakes.

Today is 6/4/05 and Brandon is 13 years 6 months old. He's in 7th grade, mainstream in band, social studies, and specials. He's an A-B student and is focused on doing his best!

NEW RECORDING!! 

Click here to listen to my impromptu interview with Brandon. 

NEW RECORDING!!
 

Click here to listen to Brandon read from the book, Alias: A Secret Life, "On the freshly mowed grass below, students of all ages and descriptions were enjoying the sunny sprint day, sitting and talking in groups or playing impromptu games of touch football and catch. Frisbees crisscrossed the scene, and a giggling gag of sorority girls ran back and forth trying to fly a long, colorful kite. Shorts and tank tops were the uniform of the day, and even from her fifth-floor window, Sydney could smell the suntan lotion."  

Click here to listen to his Pledge of Allegiance and compare his speech today 6/4/05, to past recordings on 4/26/03, 7/7/02, 3/8/01, 7/1/00, 10/24/99, and 11/4/98.

Click here to hear this 6/4/05 recording. Compare this to past recordings on 7/7/02, 7/22/01, 3/8/01, 7/1/00, 10/24/99, 11/4/98, 1/25/98, and 9/17/97. "I love daddy, I love mommy, daddy, mommy, a, b, c, d, e, f, g, red, blue, green, black, white, purple, bye-bye."

Brandon and his father, Scott, at the Cape May County Zoo.

These are certainly the best recordings of Brandon to-date! His improvement is fantastic! 

Brandon has therapy two days each week in school. That's it. He's an honor student and works very hard at everything he does.

Today is 4/26/03 and Brandon is 11 years 4 months old. He's in special Ed 5th. All the hard work Brandon did during last summer has really paid off. He's improved in every subject area!

Click here to listen to Brandon read from Ranger Rick Magazine and compare his speech today 4/26/03, to past recordings on 7/7/02, "Sometimes orangutans just want to have fun. They swing and splash and play in lots of ways. At other times, what looks like play is just a great ape's way of surviving."  

Click here to listen to his Pledge of Allegiance and compare his speech today 4/26/03, to past recordings on 7/7/02, 3/8/01, 7/1/00, 10/24/99, and 11/4/98.

Click here to compare his speech from today 4/26/03 to 7/7/02, 7/22/01, 3/8/01, 7/1/00, 11/4/98, and 1/25/98 and hear him say,
"Happy, birthday, dinosaur, big hat, plane, pencil, moon, sun, wind, choo choo, reader rabbit, hair, hand, head, arm, leg, bye-bye big hat."


Summer 2002! Brandon is seen here watching the fireworks at the Barnegat dock on July 4th.

Be sure to listen to Brandon's brother Grant (no speech issues), recite the Pledge of Allegiance and compare to Brandon's recording from today. You can also listen to a historical recording of Grant.

Today is 7/7/02 and Brandon is 10 years 7 months old. He's going into special 5th grade next year. This summer he's been working with Dad every day on reading, writing, and math.

NEW RECORDING!! 
Click here to listen to Brandon read from Ranger Rick Magazine, "Sometimes orangutans just want to have fun. They swing and splash and play in lots of ways. At other times, what looks like play is just a great ape's way of surviving."  

Click here to listen to his Pledge of Allegiance and compare his speech today, 7/7/02, to past recordings on 3/8/01, 7/1/00, 10/24/99, and 11/4/98.

Click here to listen to Brandon read the entire book, Baby Animals Learn, and compare his speech today 7/7/02 to recording last year on 7/22/01. Text is, "
Baby animals have a lot to learn. They learn to walk. They learn to run. They learn to jump. They learn to climb. They learn to drink. They learn to groom. They learn to swim. They learn to fish. They learn to play. They learn to hunt. They even learn to love."    

Click here to compare his speech from today 7/7/02 to 7/22/01, 3/8/01, 7/1/00, 11/4/98, and 1/25/98 and hear him say, "Happy, birthday, dinosaur, big hat, plane, pencil, moon, sun, wind, choo choo, reader rabbit, hair, hand, head, arm, leg, bye-bye big hat."

Click here to hear this 7/7/02 recording. Compare this to past recordings on 7/22/01, 3/8/01, 7/1/00, 10/24/99, 11/4/98, 1/25/98, and 9/17/97. "I love daddy, I love mommy, daddy, mommy, a, b, c, d, e, f, g, red, blue, green, black, white, purple, bye-bye."


Today is 7/7/02. This is Brandon's brother, Grant. He's 8 years 9 months. He does not have apraxia or any other diagnosed speech disorders.

Grant is seen here enjoying the fireworks in Barnegat on the 4th of July!


Click here to hear his Pledge of Allegiance. Grant first recorded the pledge back on 11/4/98.

Summer 2001! Brandon is reading his email now and does enjoy hearing from you about his speech on the Talking Page!

Be sure to watch Inside Edition, CBS, on 8/6/01 to see the special report they did on Apraxia. They really did a great job explaining Apraxia.

Today is 7/22/01 and Brandon is 9 years 7 months old. He's going into special 4th grade next year with mainstreaming in computers, gym, art, library, music, and math. By the way, ALL recordings done today were read by Brandon with no prompting!

NEW RECORDING!! 
Click here to listen to Brandon read the entire book, Baby Animals Learn. Text is, "
Baby animals have a lot to learn. They learn to walk. They learn to run. They learn to jump. They learn to climb. They learn to drink. They learn to groom. They learn to swim. They learn to fish. They learn to play. They learn to hunt. They even learn to love."  

Click here to compare his speech from today 7/22/01 to 3/8/01 and listen to Brandon say, "My name is Brandon Bilker. I made the Talking Page so you can hear other Apraxic children speak. Thank you for listening."  

Click here to compare his speech from today 7/22/01 to 3/8/01, 7/1/00, 11/4/98, and 1/25/98 and hear him say, "Happy, birthday, dinosaur, big hat, plane, pencil, moon, sun, wind, choo choo, reader rabbit, hair, hand, head, arm, leg, bye-bye big hat."

Click here to hear this 7/22/01 recording. Compare this to past recordings on 3/8/01, 7/1/00, 10/24/99, 11/4/98, 1/25/98, and 9/17/97. "I love daddy, I love mommy, daddy, mommy, a, b, c, d, e, f, g, red, blue, green, black, white, purple, bye-bye."


Brandon relaxing after doing today's recordings.

Today is 3/8/01 and Brandon is 9 years 3 months. Quick brag...Brandon is a straight "A" student and earned three academic awards the first part of this year, 3rd grade.

NEW RECORDING!! Brandon and I (dad) wrote the text and Brandon read everything that you hear. Click here to and listen to Brandon say, "My name is Brandon Bilker. I made the Talking Page so you can hear other Apraxic children speak. Thank you for listening."  

Click here to compare his speech from today 3/8/01 to 7/1/00,  11/4/98, and 1/25/98 and hear him say, "Happy, birthday, dinosaur, big hat, plane, pencil, moon, sun, wind, choo choo, reader rabbit, hair, hand, head, arm, leg, bye-bye big hat."

Click here to hear this 3/8/01 recording. Compare this to past recordings on 7/1/00, 10/24/99, 11/4/98, 1/25/98, and 9/17/97. "I love daddy, I love mommy, daddy, mommy, a, b, c, d, e, f, g, red, blue, green, black, white, purple, bye-bye."

Click here to listen to his Pledge of Allegiance, 3/8/01 and compare to past recordings on 7/1/00, 10/24/99, and 11/4/98.

Summer 2000! Brandon in the pool enjoying the beautiful weather.

Brandon loves to swim! This year is the first summer he can swim safely without the aid of any floatation devices.

Today is 7/1/00 and Brandon is 8 years 7 months.

All recordings today have the same word content as before so you can compare Brandon's progress (plus one new recording).

Click here to compare his speech from today (7/1/00) to 11/4/98 and 1/25/98 and hear him say, "Happy, birthday, dinosaur, big hat, plane, pencil, moon, sun, wind, choo choo, reader rabbit, hair, hand, head, arm, leg, bye-bye big hat."

Click here to hear this 7/1/00 recording. Compare this to past recordings. "I love daddy, I love mommy, daddy, mommy, a, b, c, d, e, f, g, red, blue, green, black, white, purple, bye-bye."

Click here to listen to his Pledge of Allegiance, 7/1/00 and compare to past recordings. You'll also hear Grant (6 yrs 6 months), Brandon's brother, in the background cuing each line. Grant is Brandon's most important speech partner.

NEW RECORDING!! How could this be complete without a Pokemon recording? Click here to hear this 7/1/00 recording of the first 19 Pokemon in order, "Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise, Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree, Weedle, Kakuna, Beedrill, Pidgey, Pidgeotto, Pidgeot, Rattata."


Brandon (apraxic) on right and Grant. Brandon is ready to update his Talking Web Page tonight 10/24/99.

Brandon (right) with his brother. Brandon is in 2nd grade and doing great. His teacher said he's the best reader in the class. He has to read a new book every week and he can! Today is 10/24/99. Age is 7 years 10 months.

All recordings today have the same word content as before so you can compare Brandon's progress.

Click here to hear this 10/24/99 recording. This time Brandon actually read the words off the screen to make the recording, "I love daddy, I love mommy, daddy, mommy, a, b, c, d, e, f, g, red, blue, green, black, white, purple, bye-bye."

Click here to listen to his Pledge of Allegiance, 10/24/98.

Time is flying! Here's Brandon in first grade, just got this picture today, 11/4/98. Age is 6 years 10 months.

Click here to compare his speech from 9/17/97 & 1/25/98 to this recording 11/4/98 and hear him say, "I love daddy, I love mommy, daddy, mommy, a, b, c, d, e, f, g, red, blue, green, black, white, purple, bye-bye."

Click here to compare his speech from 1/25/98 to this 11/4/98 and hear him say,"Happy, birthday, dinosaur, big hat, plane, pencil, moon, sun, wind, choo choo, reader rabbit, hair, hand, head, arm, leg, bye-bye big hat."

Click here to listen to his Pledge of Allegiance, 11/4/98.

This is Brandon's brother, Grant. He's 4 years 9 months. He does not have apraxia or any other diagnosed speech disorders. Today is 11/4/98.

Click here to compare his Pledge of Allegiance with his big brother's, 11/4/98.


This is Brandon's school photo from kindergarten. The speech posted in this section was recorded January 25,1998. Age is 6 years.

The differences between 9/17/97 and 1/25/98 are very subtle. To hear them you may have to open both wave files simultaneously and play one word at a time.
Click here to hear him AGAIN say (1/25/98), "I love daddy, I love mommy, daddy, mommy, a, b, c, d, e, f, g, red, blue, green, black, white, purple, bye-bye."

Click here to hear some NEW stuff, "Happy, birthday, dinosaur, big hat, plane, pencil, moon, sun, wind, choo choo, reader rabbit, hair, hand, head, arm, leg, bye-bye big hat."

This is the very first talking session that was posted back on September 17, 1997. The photo on the left is from that time period. Age is 5 years 9 months.

Click here to hear him say, "I love daddy, I love mommy, daddy, mommy, a, b, c, d, e, f, g, red, blue, green, black, white, purple, bye-bye."

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