If you have been helped by this site at all, please give a #highfiveforapraxia

By Laura Smith|November 29, 2016|Apraxia, apraxia blog, CASANA, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Giving Tuesday|

I originally started this blog as a way to spread awareness, and maybe commiserate with or even help others on this journey with me.

As a parent and an SLP, I have readers now who are also both.  Hopefully there has been something you have found useful on my blog.  I have thought before about trying to make money and monetizing my blog, but I personally hate pop up ads, and I feel they would distract from what I wanted this website to be about.


A lot of the information in this blog would not be possible because it would not be available, without all the work CASANA has done.  I used to think CASANA was this huge non-profit.  It’s not.  They work tirelessly beyond their 40 hour work week and are absolutely passionate about their mission.

When many people think of charities, they immediately think of the big ones.  I mean, I did too.  March of Dimes, St. Jude’s, The Komen Foundation,  etc etc.  I’m not here to discourage you from donating to these worthy causes, but I am here to ask you to also donate to the smaller ones too.  Helping kids literally find their voice is an incredible and life changing gift.  The reality is, some kids with apraxia will NEVER develop intelligible speech, and this is even more true if they don’t have access to appropriate therapy…..research based therapy that is only now getting done because of CASANA’s efforts.

Let’s face it.  It’s hard to get people to care about a rare disorder, much less donate to it or fund research toward it.

My daughter is where she is today because of CASANA.  Seriously.  If you are my client, or if you have ever called or emailed me and thanked me for taking the time to talk to you, thank CASANA.  I’m simply paying forward the kindness and absolute selflessness of the foundation, because that same time and attention was given to me from them as well…..for FREE.

Isn’t that worth $5.00?  Just $5.00.  That’s a latte.  That’s a happy hour drink.

If you find any worth in this blog at all, a $5.00 donation to CASANA would seriously mean the absolute world to me.

Here’s the link and thank you as always for following along.  



Here’s a video of me speaking it.

CASANA "Boot Camper" On Why Training Therapists Is SO Important

The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Intensive Training Institute (Apraxia Bootcamp) trains qualified speech-language pathologists to BOOST their clinical expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Graduates are located throughout North America so that families seeking help for their child are able to locate a highly qualified clinician with CAS expertise in their state or region. Your #HighFivesForApraxia donation on #GivingTuesday supports this and many other great programs! – http://casana.apraxia-kids.org/give

Posted by Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) on Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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