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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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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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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Them some big holes to fill: A tribute to Sharon Gretz

By Laura Smith|March 30, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, apraxia walk, CASANA, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

I cried last night.  Not just a few tears either.  Big, ugly, chest heaving tears.  I think my husband was a little taken aback.   It’s not that’s he’s never seen me cry, but it’s not very often and it’s usually because something really big happened.  They can be happy or sad tears, but the events that inspire a full on cry have usually been big, like the birth of

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An open letter to siblings. Always be there for each other.

By Laura Smith|September 27, 2016|Apraxia, apraxia blog, apraxia walk, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, siblings, walk for apraxia|

Jace, not only have you had an EXCELLENT and continued start to the school year, I am so proud of you for your behavior at this year’s apraxia walk.  I know it’s not easy to see Ashlynn get a medal for apraxia, and you don’t understand why.  Not yet anyway.  Either way though, you stick by her side, held the sign during the walk, and supported her the best way

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What does one say when giving a speech at an apraxia walk?

By Laura Smith|September 25, 2016|Apraxia, apraxia blog, apraxia walk, walk for apraxia|

Being a walk coordinator, you have one job that is a must.  You must give the speech and hand out the medals.  I mean, I guess you don’t have to, but typically this responsibility falls on you.  I like to write, and I also took speech and debate all through school, so these two things don’t make me nervous.  Someone asked me if I cry when giving the speech, and

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