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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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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One kickass family, finding your tribe, and other lessons from Finding Dory

By Laura Smith|December 19, 2016|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, global apraxia, special needs|

I finally watched “Finding Dory” last night.  I had already wanted to see that movie because I’m sorry, Ellen Degeneres is awesome, and her Dory character in Finding Nemo is the best! However, when the movie came out, my clients started asking me if I had seen it.  “No…” was my reply as I sighed in disappointment. “You HAVE to see it!” was the resounding response.  Yeah, yeah, I know.

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Feels like we’re falling down the hill again…..

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

I’ve been sad.  Really sad.  What’s the point in sugar coating it.  It’s interesting, because I didn’t really start blogging until after we were really seeing progress in Ashlynn’s speech.  I was able to be upbeat and positive in most of my posts.  Sure there were some sad ones, or some angry ones, or some worried ones, but for the most part, I was feeling and had been until recently,

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Hello dyspraxia…thanks for making me cry

By Laura Smith|October 10, 2016|dyspraxia, global apraxia, special needs parenting|

I’ve been riding a pretty nice high in the post apraxia diagnosis era.  Mostly positive and determined, I had taken action and Ashlynn’s speech improved significantly.  That is such a celebration, truly.  Everyone comments within the family, at work, or at school how her language is exploding and she’s talking so much more! Yes! But then…..her dyspraxia started becoming more noticeable and our focus shifted.  Dyspraxia affects her ADL’s (Activities

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