Kelly Clarkson and husband, Brandon Blackstock recently learned that their 4-year-old son, Remy has a speech delay and it is putting him nine months behind his peers. The couple found out that the delay is the result of a hearing issue Remy had when he was younger.
The parents currently have their son working with a speech therapist via Zoom to help him as the family practices social distancing. Clarkson shared the news of his condition along with a milestone Remy has just hit.
“He had a speech problem because he had this ear problem when he was a baby,” Clarkson told People. “We didn’t know.”
“But way deep down in his ears, he got clogged up with a ton of wax where we thought, almost, he was deaf because he spoke as if he was underwater.”
To remedy the situation, Clarkson said that Remy is working with a therapist.
“We found [out] it was something simple, but it pushed him back almost nine months,” she told People. “So we’ve been working really hard with his speech and he’s still doing his speech therapist via Zoom.”
Clarkson is currently waiting things out “in the middle of Montana” as she, Blackstock, Remy, the couple’s daughter River Rose, 6, and Blackstock’s 13-year-old son Seth continue to practice social distancing during the global health crisis.
Clarkson is excited for Remy’s personality to shine as he will be better able to express himself.
“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,” she said.
“It’s a really important thing and it’s very frustrating for them and us because we can’t communicate all the time,” she explained. “The fact that he’s making full sentences now and full-on engaging with us is really a blessing.”
We’re happy that Remy is already making progress even in the midst of such strange times for all of us, but especially for children.