No, not another diagnosis. Adding Dyslexia to Apraxia

By Laura Smith|September 19, 2017|Apraxia, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, dyslexia, dyspraxia|0 comments

I had an epiphany the other day.  It came after reading an article someone sent me discussing how American schools are failing kids with dyslexia.   It was an excellent article and accurate in every way.  I started my career in Denver Public Schools in 2004, and at the time, an approach called “whole language” was being used to teach reading.  Just four years before this time, in 2000, my

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In the Zone: A look at Camp Speech Zone in NY

By Laura Smith|September 11, 2017|Apraxia, Camp Speech Zone, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|1 comments

Adventures mother and son in the city that never “seeps”   By definition, “being in the zone” means that you are so happy or excited because you are doing something easily and with skill. It’s really about having your thoughts flow easily and creatively with regard to art, music, design or invention. It’s the achievement of a blissful and fulfilling state of mind. Some refer to this as “in the groove.”   

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She’s starting to feel different.

By Laura Smith|August 29, 2017|#knockoutapraxia, Apraxia, learning disability|2 comments

Ashlynn just started her second grade year.  At the end of first she basically made a full year’s worth of growth going from beginning Kinder reader to end of Kinder reader, but still couldn’t pass the last level. I put her in tutoring again, just like I had done the summer after her Kinder year; but this time it was 3x a week for 30-45 minutes.  I saw so much

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The Hulk and Rousey on struggling to speak.

By Laura Smith|August 18, 2017|#knockoutapraxia, apraxia blog, apraxia walk, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

During an episode of “Battle of the Network Stars” Lou Ferrigno and Ronda Rousey shared a touching exchange about their childhood disorders and how it made them stronger. Ferrigno, best known as the Incredible Hulk, inquired into famed MMA star Ronda Rousey’s life.  He questioned about the fire she had inside of her and wanted to know where the first flame was stoked. In an incredibly honest moment, Ronda tells him that she grew up

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You know you need awareness when you know more than the “experts.”

By Laura Smith|August 16, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, Executive Functioning Skills, global apraxia, Sensory Processing Disorder, special needs, special needs parenting|

About a year ago I switched insurance from my husband’s to mine, in order to leave no stone left unturned.  I know that kids with apraxia can have some sort of positive indicator on a brain MRI, or genetic marker.  I had yet to do any of that testing, and so I decided this was the year to do it. My husband questioned why.  Is there a reason to know?

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