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The inspiration behind "The Amazingly Awesome Amani"

Trey Amani

Inspired by the life of Trey Amani Samuels, "The Amazingly Awesome Amani" follows the adventures of a boy who takes on life's challenges by day, but is a perfectly "normal" avenger in his dreams. Trey was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 5. Eventually he was given an additional diagnosis of Mixed Receptive-Expressive Language Disorder. There was finally an answer to so many questions. Trey attended four different schools in as many years as his parents struggled to find an educational environment that suited his needs.


Jamiyl & Tracy-Ann were blessed to be referred to The School for Language and Communication Development (SLCD) in 2014. Based in Glen Cove, Long Island SLCD, now Tiegerman School, provided Trey with extensive speech therapy, occupational therapy and, most importantly, loving, patient teachers who afforded him genuine individualized attention. Today Trey has improved dramatically from a child who could not communicate simple things like if he had a stomach ache to verbalizing in complete sentences on a range of topics from what he did in gym class, what happened on his school bus, to what kind of drink he wants from Starbucks.    

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