My name is Laura Baskall Smith, and I am currently a certified speech/language pathologist (SLP) in the greater Denver Metro Area.  I received my bachelor degree in Communication Disorders at Metro State University, and my master’s degree in speech/language pathology at the University of Northern Colorado.  I currently hold the Clinical Certificate of Competence from the American Speech/Language and Hearing Association, a DORA license from the state of Colorado; as well as my Colorado Department of Education license.

I have received the ASHA Media Award in 2016 and the ASHA ACE award for continuing education credits.

I have been providing speech therapy for 12 years and have worked with a variety of speech and language disorders in the school and private sectors.

I am passionate about working with children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) following my own daughter’s diagnosis in 2012.  I’m an active member with the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America  (CASANA), and am the walk coordinator for the Denver Walk for Childhood Apraxia of Speech.  I have obtained advanced certifications that include CASANA certified for advanced training and clinical expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech along with being PROMPT trained.

I have a passion for CAS and my mission is awareness and education. I speak at state and national conferences, and give workshops locally and out of state.

I am currently one of the admin to the public facebook group: Ronda Rousey: #knockoutapraxia following my encounter with her in May 2015.  I’m admin to a private facebook group that is exclusively for SLP’s who also are mothers to children with CAS.

In addition to working in the schools, I have my own private practice A Mile Speech Therapy, in which I exclusively treat children diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech.  To schedule a consultation, evaluation, therapeutic services, or for speaking arrangements, please contact me at:


Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Teachers Pay Teachers with the search term SLPMommyofApraxia




  1. I just read the article you wrote, The Problem with School SLP’s. I have worked in all settings in our field with targeting pediatrics within the last 8 years. I made the transition to schools 1 1/2 years ago. I feel like working in the outpatient essentially made me a stronger SLP in the school district. I do miss the direct interaction with adults and “ownership” from parents in the outpatient setting but I know the students in my district really need me. Thank you so much for writing that amazing article. I really needed to read it and put into words how I feel many days and to keep me going!

  2. Thank you for commenting Abby. Keep up the good work! We need our school SLP’s!

  3. Hi Laura! I am so happy i found your blog. I am an SLP as well. I have a son who is turning 2 soon who has suspected CAS. I read that you have a Facebook group for slp mom’s with kids with apraxia. Can I be added to that group? I am doing so much research right now looking into treatment methods for him. it’s very overwhelming and I don’t have much clinical experience with apraxia. Thanks!

  4. Yes for sure! Just search SLP MOms of Apraxia on facebook and you should find our group.

  5. You have a great site. I am a speech language pathologist who wrote the Teaching of Talking, and have educatinal material and mentoring opportunities for parents or caregivers of those with apraxia. Hope we can communicate further. Below is an example if you wish to post.

    Mark Ittleman, M.S., CCC/SLP
    Here is an article that will help you understand what to do if you are in a situation where you have questions about speech therapy for apraxia and what to do about it. Apraxia of speech affects both children and adults.

  6. I finally launched my app Sayin’ It Sam and all my Facebook connections couldn’t find it because they were trying to bring it up on their iPhones.
    This is something I did not anticipate because I thought that since my market are very young children or kids with autism who do not have iPhones, parents would load it their kids’ iPad.
    So, soon, Sayin’ It Sam will soon be available on the iPhone. We are working hard on a new release with improvements to the speech recognition as well.
    Stay tuned and I really appreciate all your support and patience and I need your feedback to help me make this app helpful to our kids.

  7. Hello! I have been reading your blog and have a question. My daughter has moderate to severe apraxia (unfortunately with stuttering) she is in 2nd grade at public school. Gets ST 2x week there, plus 1 hour private at home. Read your post about school SLP’s and wondering your opinion public school vs private. Have you noticed any differences for kids with apraxia or speech issues? Trying to figure what the best fit would be.

  8. Holly, could you email me your question? I can talk more in depth that way.

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