CASANA Conference take-aways 2017

By Laura Smith|July 15, 2017|Apraxia, CASANA, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|0 comments

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|0 comments

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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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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If you have been helped by this site at all, please give a #highfiveforapraxia

By Laura Smith|November 29, 2016|Apraxia, apraxia blog, CASANA, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Giving Tuesday|

I originally started this blog as a way to spread awareness, and maybe commiserate with or even help others on this journey with me. As a parent and an SLP, I have readers now who are also both.  Hopefully there has been something you have found useful on my blog.  I have thought before about trying to make money and monetizing my blog, but I personally hate pop up ads,

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