Michigan girl with brain tumor learns to speak with help from Adam Levine

Posted at 5:55 PM, Nov 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-30 06:22:30-05

Local real estate agents are giving children a voice by funding special classes with the therapies children need.

It is truly a community effort supporting the children with speech and language difficulties.  And the children themselves are All Stars, putting in the work and keeping a positive attitude.

“The kids that are in this preschool program have receptive and expressive language delays, they’re also working on articulation from how they’re saying words,” Kristina Frimmell of Beaumont Children’s Speech Pathology said.

The ReMax Communications Preschool is part of Beaumont Children’s in Royal Oak through the Children’s Miracle Network.

Chloe is 5 years old and has a brain tumor that affects her speech, bringing her to this individualized program.

We asked her about having a hard time with words.

“Some of them are tricky, I close my eyes and do them,” she said.

“She’s having trouble with her memory, problems with her speech,” Chloe’s mom Lillian Swann said. “She wasn’t talking barely at all, she was saying may be one word.”

But Chloe’s teachers picked up on the two words she was able to say.

“Adam Levine,” Chloe said.

Yep, Adam Levine.  By writing lyrics and learning words, Chloe has made great strides in her speech through song – her favorite? Maroon 5’s "Sugar."

This program is paid in full for each student through scholarships funded by ReMax agents of Southeast Michigan.

“Real Estate is a business that’s built on relationships and how you build those is you communicate with others so it’s so important- we want all these children to get a great education and get to grow up and have their American dream, careers and own their own homes some day and it all starts here,” Vice President Jeanette Schneider said.

And for the family of a little girl who has 20 specialists, every little bit helps.

“Someone is supporting the decision to help us and that is amazing because we need people like that, you become a family and you need all the support you can get- especially with ReMax, they’ve been wonderful with us,” Swann said.

Parents can contact Beaumont Children’s Royal Oak to find more about the preschool program and the scholarships provided by ReMax.