She speaks for herself this 5th Apraxia Awareness Day.

By Laura Smith|May 14, 2017|Apraxia, Apraxia Awareness Day, apraxia blog, Uncategorized|2 comments

I remember being in 1st or 2nd grade, the age Ashlynn is now.  I was always struggling to fit in. There was a girl in our class who had special needs.  I remember she wore this heavy, pink, furry coat and she talked with slurred speech.  She would sit outside, even on the hottest of days in that coat.  Usually, she was by herself.  I don’t remember how it came

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Building Speech and Quantifying Complexity: Interview and Giveaway!!

By Laura Smith|May 1, 2017|Apraxia, Apraxia Awareness Day, apraxia blog|17 comments

I’m so honored and excited to have Dr. Kathy Jakielski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP with me today! I met Dr. Jakielski at the CASANA Intensive Training Institute, as she was one of the instructors. The honor is all mine, Laura. Thank you for your interest in my work! Kathy, I remember vividly this moment at the end of the training, where we all sat around a big conference table, and you gave

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That’s not acceptance, that’s discrimination

By Laura Smith|April 27, 2017|Apraxia, Apraxia Awareness Day, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, global apraxia|14 comments

“That’s not acceptance, that’s discrimination.” I watched a fellow apraxia mom say this today while she wiped tears from her eyes.  Why?  Well, she was looking at a beautiful newspaper article in the Valley Breeze that she bought special.  She knew it featured her seven year old son who threw out a first pitch along with two other children that day, and couldn’t wait to see his picture and read

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Why do we call it “childhood” apraxia of speech? Isn’t it lifelong?

By Laura Smith|April 21, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, CASANA, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|0 comments

Ever wonder why CAS is called Childhood Apraxia of Speech? Is it really necessary to have the word “childhood” in there?  Doesn’t it ostracize those who never truly outgrow apraxia?  Plus, isn’t it a lifelong neurological disorder? Why can’t we just call it apraxia, or verbal apraxia? You might be surprised to know the reasoning was more thought out than you might think. If you’ve ever had these questions, Sharon

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To love something with all your heart may also mean you have to let it go: The future of CASANA

By Laura Smith|April 13, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, CASANA, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|0 comments

I’ve never been involved with non-profits until recently.  I mean, I had the couple that I liked and donated to and then went about my merry way.  Once I had Ashlynn and met Sharon Gretz, the founder of CASANA, knowing I could never repay her for the kindness and support she gave me, I turned to supporting CASANA 100%.  As a mother to a child with apraxia herself, Sharon automatically

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