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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What is executive functioning and why do you need to know?

By Laura Smith|August 13, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, Executive Functioning Skills, special needs parenting|

Does your child struggle with impulse control? Do they run out or touch things they know they shouldn’t but seem unable to help themselves despite consequences?  Do they struggle to get dressed?  Does it take you 30 minutes longer to get out the door in the morning than you think it should?  Do they frequently lose things like important papers from teachers? Is their desk, backpack, and folders completely disorganized and

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Local Walk for Apraxia gives a voice to children who struggle to find theirs.

By Laura Smith|August 12, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, apraxia walk, CASANA, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Uncategorized|

This year the Denver Apraxia Walk was held August 5th, at Clement Park in Littleton.  Apraxia of speech is a severe speech disorder in children that makes the act of learning to speak very difficult.  Many endure years of speech therapy struggling to find their voice. I have to say this year was the BEST WALK YET, but it wasn’t do to me.  Denver has the most incredible, talented, and

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Book recommendations for Childhood Apraxia of Speech

By Laura Smith|August 11, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

If you are like me, when your child was first diagnosed with apraxia, you turned to every source of information you could find, credible or not, just eager to gobble up any and all information on apraxia.  Heck, I’m an SLP and I did this! I think for me, though, my favorite books are always ones that inspire hope.  Actually, these are probably my favorite stories too.  I’m always looking

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As children walk to find their voices, local news outlets stay silent

By Laura Smith|August 6, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, apraxia walk, CASANA, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, walk for apraxia|

Yesterday, August 5th 2017 was the Denver Walk for Apraxia at Clement Park.  The walk was largely successful, raising close to 25,000 to CASANA, which will directly impact our kids in Denver struggling with this rare speech disorder. This is ONE day out of the entire year kids who struggle to find their voice and endure hours and years of intense therapy, can be honored for their accomplishments that no one

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