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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It’s like juggling 8 balls at one time desperately hoping one doesn’t roll away

By Laura Smith|February 14, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, global apraxia, Sensory Processing Disorder, special needs, special needs parenting|

There is not one day that goes by I don’t think of Ashlynn’s disability (ies).  As a basis of comparison, I have my four year old son.  He has some concerning behavior issues, and I do think (worry) about them often; however, I do not think of it EVERY SINGLE DAY. Apraxia and dyspraxia make that impossible.  There is always something else to worry about.  Something else in which I

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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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There is either fear or hope. Pick one

By Laura Smith|January 12, 2017|Apraxia, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, dyspraxia, global apraxia, special needs, special needs parenting|

Life would be so much less complicated if we lived on breaks.  haha.  Yes, that is my opener and I realize it’s not only a statement captain obvious would make, but it’s completely devoid of reality. Seriously though, breaks are awesome.  Family comments how far Ashlynn has come.  We are all stress free (well at least from school and work stress).  We can spend time as a family doing things

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SLPMommyofApraxia Top Ten Posts of 2016

By Laura Smith|December 29, 2016|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia|

This year was a little rough on me.  However,  positives and good things still happen in any bad year. I personally believe the life we are given, your life, my life, Ashlynn’s life…we are given this life to learn to and to grow.  Christians may refer to this as a “cross to bear.”  I know at times, life has seemed incredibly unfair, but in that unfairness I have met some

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Reality check. Once upon a time, I feared I may never have children.

By Laura Smith|December 21, 2016|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia|

Gratitude. Finding gratitude. I truly do believe gratitude is one of the most important practices on a path to happiness. I’ve been having a hard time lately again. I hadn’t felt this discouraged since Ashlynn was first diagnosed about 4 years ago. I worry so much, and even though we work sooo hard, harder than most people it would seem, we continue to stumble backward. It’s such a terrible place

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