and then…there were words!!

By Laura Smith|June 12, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Apraxia client stories|

Almost 1 year ago today, I met a three year old who walked into my office with his mother.  He had been receiving speech therapy since he was in early intervention. He had also been receiving private speech therapy from another office. Despite having no other co-morbid issues, he only had four words: Mama, O, Daddy, More. This child was probably one of the best and most adept mimes I

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Apraxia and the village.

By Laura Smith|February 23, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Apraxia client stories, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Therapy for apraxia, Uncategorized|

I work in the schools a few days along with my private practice work.  I say I work in the schools because I like working in Ashlynn’s school, and that’s partially true.  However, I have always in my career had at least one child on my caseload with apraxia in every school in which I have worked. If you have a child with apraxia, you’re probably thinking, “what’s the big

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Our kids need to meet others just like them.

By Laura Smith|May 15, 2016|Apraxia, Apraxia Awareness Day, apraxia blog, Apraxia client stories, apraxia walk, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

This 4th Annual Apraxia Awareness day (it was trending, did you hear?), I organized a fundraiser at a local Chipotle to benefit the Walk for Childhood Apraxia of Speech.  I have a HUGE goal of 30K.  The walk last year made 16K, so basically I set this goal to double that. I’m probably crazy, but I set that goal with good reason.  That number ensures a visit for a free

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Why I’m angry and even more passionate as we approach the 4th annual Apraxia Awareness Day.

By Laura Smith|May 10, 2016|Apraxia, Apraxia Awareness Day, apraxia blog, Apraxia client stories|

I love Apraxia Awareness Day, ever since I celebrated my first one when Ashlynn was new to the dx.  It’s always a time of excitement, renewed hope and resolve, support, and community who comes together filling up facebook and my newsfeed with their apraxia fighters. I’ve been honest and open about telling my own early experience with apraxia, which wasn’t much.  I’ve been the first one to admit I barely

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