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|4 comments

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|0 comments

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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CASANA Conference take-aways 2017

By Laura Smith|July 15, 2017|Apraxia, CASANA, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

The apraxia conference is ALWAYS emotional, inspiring, overwhelming and amazing. This is my 3rd, and I can say I am still pretty tired and exhausted by the end. This year it seemed I was busy on all the breaks, but it’s a good busy. This is my passion and this is where I belong. During a couple breaks, I signed up to do the “SLP Is In” booth, which is

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It feels like home this year: Apraxia Conference 2017

By Laura Smith|July 9, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, CASANA, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Uncategorized|

Wow!  This conference in San Diego has been a WHIRLWIND. I was greeted with palm trees upon arrival, and being a Colorado native, anytime I see palm trees my mind thinks “hello vacation.”  I had some time to kill before my room was ready, so I was able to walk over to the beach.  My “beaches” in Colorado are sandy, but are man-made; so I’m always in awe of a

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Why do we call it “childhood” apraxia of speech? Isn’t it lifelong?

By Laura Smith|April 21, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, CASANA, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

Ever wonder why CAS is called Childhood Apraxia of Speech? Is it really necessary to have the word “childhood” in there?  Doesn’t it ostracize those who never truly outgrow apraxia?  Plus, isn’t it a lifelong neurological disorder? Why can’t we just call it apraxia, or verbal apraxia? You might be surprised to know the reasoning was more thought out than you might think. If you’ve ever had these questions, Sharon

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To love something with all your heart may also mean you have to let it go: The future of CASANA

By Laura Smith|April 13, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, CASANA, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

I’ve never been involved with non-profits until recently.  I mean, I had the couple that I liked and donated to and then went about my merry way.  Once I had Ashlynn and met Sharon Gretz, the founder of CASANA, knowing I could never repay her for the kindness and support she gave me, I turned to supporting CASANA 100%.  As a mother to a child with apraxia herself, Sharon automatically

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