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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Apraxia would have destroyed me

By Laura Smith|March 19, 2017|#knockoutapraxia, Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, language disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, special needs, special needs parenting, specific language impairment|

I often think about what would have happened had it been me who had apraxia, dyspraxia, SPD, dysarthria, and a learning disability when I was young.  It’s pointless I know, but I was/am a perfectionist.  That’s not a good thing.  I learned early I was really good at spelling, reading and writing, but math I had to work for.  I won a math award in 3rd grade and I looked

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The Rise

By Laura Smith|March 9, 2017|Apraxia, Apraxia Awareness Day, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, language disorder, specific language impairment, Uncategorized|

I have Ashlynn on a new game plan.  We had to take a break from her private speech because of unforseen financial issues in our life, but now we are back and better than ever. She’ll be seeing her awesome private SLP again on Tuesdays (who just happens to be my mentor, friend, and speech mom), and then Wednesdays we have insurance finally paying for 20 sessions, which is not

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Apraxia and the village.

By Laura Smith|February 23, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Apraxia client stories, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Therapy for apraxia, Uncategorized|

I work in the schools a few days along with my private practice work.  I say I work in the schools because I like working in Ashlynn’s school, and that’s partially true.  However, I have always in my career had at least one child on my caseload with apraxia in every school in which I have worked. If you have a child with apraxia, you’re probably thinking, “what’s the big

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Neurology, delays, a dream, and a miracle.

By Laura Smith|January 29, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, special needs parenting|

Most parents of kids who have a child with global apraxia will at some point visit the neurologist.  It’s usually before the age of 7, which is the age Ashlynn is today. I remember the referral, although the dates are a little fuzzy.  We were either at Ashlynn’s 6 or 9 month checkup and I had to fill out one of those dreaded developmental screens.  Don’t get me wrong, as

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