Famous Faces Walk for Apraxia in L.A’s Walk to Talk!

By Laura Smith|November 7, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Uncategorized|4 comments

It almost seems crazy now, but just 3 years ago Apraxia didn’t have a face. There was not ONE well known person who had fought apraxia and overcome.  I was an SLP before my daughter was born and I can tell you after she was diagnosed, even though I was an SLP, the fear, worry, and guilt that gripped me hung onto me and wouldn’t let me go. It haunted

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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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The Hulk and Rousey on struggling to speak.

By Laura Smith|August 18, 2017|#knockoutapraxia, apraxia blog, apraxia walk, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

During an episode of “Battle of the Network Stars” Lou Ferrigno and Ronda Rousey shared a touching exchange about their childhood disorders and how it made them stronger. Ferrigno, best known as the Incredible Hulk, inquired into famed MMA star Ronda Rousey’s life.  He questioned about the fire she had inside of her and wanted to know where the first flame was stoked. In an incredibly honest moment, Ronda tells him that she grew up

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What is executive functioning and why do you need to know?

By Laura Smith|August 13, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, Executive Functioning Skills, special needs parenting|

Does your child struggle with impulse control? Do they run out or touch things they know they shouldn’t but seem unable to help themselves despite consequences?  Do they struggle to get dressed?  Does it take you 30 minutes longer to get out the door in the morning than you think it should?  Do they frequently lose things like important papers from teachers? Is their desk, backpack, and folders completely disorganized and

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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|

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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