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IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) – In this age of electronic communication some of us may forget how delightful a human voice can sound. But that luxury and gift is something a little boy from Irving doesn’t take for granted.

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It was a life-changing moment for Alex and his family. You see, words have never come easy for the now 6-year-old.

The kindergartner was recently diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The disorder makes it hard for those affected to have social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, or hold focus on their behavior or interests. But Thursday night, after a lot of hard work, Alex led the Pledge of Allegiance at Irving City Hall.

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His mom, Elvia Espino, said, “Alex is 6 and I’ve waited four-and-a-half years for Alex to start speaking. So the fact that Alex is able to recite the Pledge of Allegiance is nothing short of a miracle.”

Espino said her son’s accomplishments are a testament to his dedicated teachers in the Irving Independent School District.

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