Happy 8th Birthday Bug Bug.

By Laura Smith|October 20, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, dyslexia, dyspraxia, global apraxia, learning disability, Sensory Processing Disorder|0 comments

Mr. B,  here is your beautiful baby girl. My dad would say this to me EVERY birthday.  I’m not exaggerating.  I was born 10 year after my sister, and it wasn’t customary to hand the baby to the father so early; so when my parents had me and my dad held me for the first time, this phrase was forever burned into his mind. My due date was October 16th. 

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No, not another diagnosis. Adding Dyslexia to Apraxia

By Laura Smith|September 19, 2017|Apraxia, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, dyslexia, dyspraxia|

I had an epiphany the other day.  It came after reading an article someone sent me discussing how American schools are failing kids with dyslexia.   It was an excellent article and accurate in every way.  I started my career in Denver Public Schools in 2004, and at the time, an approach called “whole language” was being used to teach reading.  Just four years before this time, in 2000, my

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In the Zone: A look at Camp Speech Zone in NY

By Laura Smith|September 11, 2017|Apraxia, Camp Speech Zone, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

Adventures mother and son in the city that never “seeps”   By definition, “being in the zone” means that you are so happy or excited because you are doing something easily and with skill. It’s really about having your thoughts flow easily and creatively with regard to art, music, design or invention. It’s the achievement of a blissful and fulfilling state of mind. Some refer to this as “in the groove.”   

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She’s starting to feel different.

By Laura Smith|August 29, 2017|#knockoutapraxia, Apraxia, learning disability|

Ashlynn just started her second grade year.  At the end of first she basically made a full year’s worth of growth going from beginning Kinder reader to end of Kinder reader, but still couldn’t pass the last level. I put her in tutoring again, just like I had done the summer after her Kinder year; but this time it was 3x a week for 30-45 minutes.  I saw so much

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