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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You know you need awareness when you know more than the “experts.”

By Laura Smith|August 16, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, Executive Functioning Skills, global apraxia, Sensory Processing Disorder, special needs, special needs parenting|

About a year ago I switched insurance from my husband’s to mine, in order to leave no stone left unturned.  I know that kids with apraxia can have some sort of positive indicator on a brain MRI, or genetic marker.  I had yet to do any of that testing, and so I decided this was the year to do it. My husband questioned why.  Is there a reason to know?

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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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