Whatever it takes: A day on the brink

By Laura Smith|December 15, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, global apraxia, Sensory Processing Disorder, special needs parenting, specific language impairment|

Ashlynn had oral surgery today to fix a ridiculously thick upper labial frenulum that was impacting her front teeth.  I have anxiety.  That’s no secret.  I was pretty nervous.  I had like every prayer warrior I could think of praying for her. It’s not that serious of a surgery in the grand scheme of things; but she was going to have to take a valium the night before, and then

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Happy 8th Birthday Bug Bug.

By Laura Smith|October 20, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, dyslexia, dyspraxia, global apraxia, learning disability, Sensory Processing Disorder|

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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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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