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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Walker Spotlight: An SLP shares her view on why she walks for her clients AND a bigger cause, by Lynn Zimmerman

By Laura Smith|July 13, 2015|apraxia blog, apraxia walk|

Last fall, I attended the 2014 Denver Walk for Apraxia with a client and his family. In my private practice, I have the privilege of working with many children with CAS and appreciate deeply the work of the CASANA community. Walks such as this, are a beneficial experience to share as a Speech professional with the community of families connected to the cause. As Speech Language Pathologists, we dedicate hours,

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Apraxia Walker Spotlight: My renewed faith and hope in my Shining Star by Jenny Boncich

By Laura Smith|July 7, 2015|apraxia walk, global apraxia|

It goes without saying that all my babies are amazing and wonderful!  It’s true. When I delivered my 3rd child, I didn’t know it at the time, but I had just given birth to a star!  A shining STAR!  I know, I know, every woman believes her child is a star!  But the kind of star I am talking is pretty special.  My son Mark was born with Childhood Apraxia of

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