Young Fan Helps UFC Star Ronda Rousey Identify Mystery Disorder

It wasn't until the fighter met 5-year-old Ashlynn and her mom, Laura Smith, that she realized the cause of her childhood speech disorder apraxia.
2:37 | 08/28/15

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Well, now to a great story about a little girl changing the life of a big-time fighter. You wouldn't know it by seeing her now but Ronda Rousey had a speech disorder when she was little but it wasn't until she recently met a mother and her young daughter that she finally knew what caused her problem. Ronda Rousey's one of the fiercest fighters in the ufc. Wow. Reporter: And laura smith is a speech language pathologist and mother to this vibrant 5-year-old girl and while their worlds may seem far apart they share a unique connection. She's adorable. Reporter: The three met this past spring at a Denver book signing for her best-sealing auto guyography and on a mission to see whether it was the same as her daughter's. I read probably everything she's ever said about her speech impediment and the more I read, the more I was like, that was apraxia. This was apraxia. Reporter: Childhood apraxia of speech, a motor speech disorder where the brain has problems coordinating with the body parts, lip, jaw and tongue needed for speech and can be overcome with frequent and intense therapy. At first I was tested for deafness. Thought my pronunciation was off because I was hearing things differently. I had them perfectly arranged in my head but when they came out it sounded different. Like there was a divide between my brain and mouth. Reporter: Veal she was diagnosed as having some sort of speech impediment and underwent speech therapy but even then, no one knew it was specifically apraxia. I threw the brochure and the bodyguards came in to get it. She picks it up. I said, if you did have it will you say it in your interview because it means so much for the kids who have it. I read through the whole thing and I was like, oh, my god, this is all exactly what it was. I didn't know it actually apraxia until that moment so she really taught me a lot about myself that day and, yeah, I can't thank her enough for it. Reporter: And so -- No way. Yes. I, my gosh. She sent a very special surprise. Hi, laura and Ashlyn. I want to say I'm so happy everything you're doing to help awareness of apraxia. You definitely raised awareness in me and, yeah, I just wish you all the best and I know O paths will cross again someday at some point so I can't wait to see you again? How cool is that? Who is that? That's Ronda Rousey.

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