Famous Faces Walk for Apraxia in L.A’s Walk to Talk!

By Laura Smith|November 7, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Uncategorized|

It almost seems crazy now, but just 3 years ago Apraxia didn’t have a face. There was not ONE well known person who had fought apraxia and overcome.  I was an SLP before my daughter was born and I can tell you after she was diagnosed, even though I was an SLP, the fear, worry, and guilt that gripped me hung onto me and wouldn’t let me go. It haunted

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Happy 8th Birthday Bug Bug.

By Laura Smith|October 20, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, dyslexia, dyspraxia, global apraxia, learning disability, Sensory Processing Disorder|

Mr. B,  here is your beautiful baby girl. My dad would say this to me EVERY birthday.  I’m not exaggerating.  I was born 10 year after my sister, and it wasn’t customary to hand the baby to the father so early; so when my parents had me and my dad held me for the first time, this phrase was forever burned into his mind. My due date was October 16th. 

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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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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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