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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Why would anyone CHOOSE to coordinate a walk.

By Laura Smith|September 16, 2016|Apraxia, apraxia blog, apraxia walk, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, walk for apraxia|

I am the current walk coordinator for the Denver Walk for Apraxia of Speech, benefiting the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America. Before I was walk coordinator, I was merely a first year participant who had signed my family up to walk for my daughter Ashlynn.  I remember signing up at the very last minute right before the T-shirt deadline.  I did this, despite knowing about it for

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To tell or not to tell……..your child they have apraxia of speech?

By Laura Smith|August 27, 2016|Apraxia, apraxia blog, apraxia walk, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, global apraxia|

I see a question that gets asked a lot.  In fact, I asked it myself.  It usually goes something along the lines of, “Did you tell your child they had apraxia?  If you did, how did you say it? What did you say?” I remember thinking when I first saw this question that I wouldn’t tell Ashlynn until way later….and then…maybe if she still seemed apraxic, I would tell her.

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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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