The Do’s and Don’ts of in-home speech therapy

By Laura Smith|April 15, 2016|Apraxia, Apraxia client stories, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Speech/Language therapy, Therapy for apraxia|

Being both an SLP AND a mother to a child with a severe speech disorder, I have this unique and sometimes bizarre perspective; that perspective, of course, being that I now intimately understand both sides.  That being said, I think parents/my clients, typically feel more comfortable telling me things parent to parent vs. parent to SLP. As a mother now to a child with apraxia, I have a new appreciation

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Why I fight: Inspiration from Ronda Rousey

By Laura Smith|July 27, 2015|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Apraxia client stories|

Ever since I met Ronda Rousey May 29th, 2015 –  the response I received from my post has been my most popular post ever by far!   Since that time, I went on to read her book and became more inspired than I could have ever imagined. Though she didn’t mention her speech impediment was apraxia in her book, I still had her promise from that night, saying she would

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Walker Spotlight: Why I walk for CASANA, by Monica Mayhak

By Laura Smith|June 25, 2015|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Apraxia client stories, apraxia walk, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

Our story is much like many other families’ stories. A relatively quiet baby, the missing “mama” and “dada,” the doubt creeping in. For us, it was easy to know that something was off. Our little Emmett is the youngest of six. We knew how this all worked and something wasn’t working here. After five typical and healthy children, when Emmett was 18 months old we had our first experience of

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Apraxia Walker Spotlight: Team Power – Why I Walk

By Laura Smith|June 22, 2015|Apraxia, Apraxia client stories, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

Why I Will Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech on September 19th. by Linda Power Many kids get medals in school and on sports teams as recognition of their abilities relative to peers. More subtle, but no less deserving, are the achievements made by our children with special needs. Such is the case with our 3 year old son Ashton, who was diagnosed with severe apraxia of speech last

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What if we don’t prove them wrong?

By Laura Smith|April 13, 2015|apraxia blog, Apraxia client stories|

I had a client recently who told me a well-meaning friend called her five year old son with apraxia “retarded.”  Apparently he meant it in a “well-meaning way” asking about services, but understandably the term shocked, appalled, angered, and then saddened her. Isn’t it interesting what we all presume about a child based on nothing more than their speech? She went onto say she didn’t even correct him because at

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Instant connections aren’t a coincidence

By Laura Smith|March 8, 2015|Apraxia, Apraxia client stories|

There have been times in my career that I have instantly connected with kids I first meet.  Usually, time is spent building trust and rapport, which would be expected really.  However, there are rare times when the connection is instantaneous. The first time this happened to me was with a Kindergarten boy who had apraxia.  He was nonverbal, anxious, and highly sensitive.  I had just come off of maternity leave,

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