She’s starting to feel different.

By Laura Smith|August 29, 2017|#knockoutapraxia, Apraxia, learning disability|

Ashlynn just started her second grade year.  At the end of first she basically made a full year’s worth of growth going from beginning Kinder reader to end of Kinder reader, but still couldn’t pass the last level. I put her in tutoring again, just like I had done the summer after her Kinder year; but this time it was 3x a week for 30-45 minutes.  I saw so much

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The Hulk and Rousey on struggling to speak.

By Laura Smith|August 18, 2017|#knockoutapraxia, apraxia blog, apraxia walk, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

During an episode of “Battle of the Network Stars” Lou Ferrigno and Ronda Rousey shared a touching exchange about their childhood disorders and how it made them stronger. Ferrigno, best known as the Incredible Hulk, inquired into famed MMA star Ronda Rousey’s life.  He questioned about the fire she had inside of her and wanted to know where the first flame was stoked. In an incredibly honest moment, Ronda tells him that she grew up

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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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Ronda Rousey changes public perspective about disability

By Laura Smith|October 25, 2016|#knockoutapraxia, Apraxia, apraxia blog, Uncategorized|

In the facebook group, Ronda Rousey: #knockoutapraxia, I love hearing from people who were inspired by Ronda, and recently, a member named Shawna posted that she wrote a school paper on the very subject. When I met Ronda and wrote my article, it was never about making her a spokesperson for CASANA (even though Ronda that would still be awesome if you are reading this).  It is the fact that

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The day I met Ronda Rousey, and she told my sister to “keep fighting” for her words!

By Laura Smith|August 20, 2016|#knockoutapraxia, Apraxia, apraxia blog|

Hi Katerina! I’m so excited to have you here today.  I saw in the Ronda Rousey #knockoutparaxia your mom posted a video of you attending a Women’s Leadership Conference in Chicago where you were able to ask Ronda a question about apraxia and meet her in person.  Can you explain to my readers why you wanted to go to this? Back in May, I was sitting at my school’s awards

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Serendipity, coincidences, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech

By Laura Smith|April 29, 2016|#knockoutapraxia, Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

I just gave a talk at Bowling Green University this past week. Since the talk was to undergrads, I talked about my serendipitous journey to becoming an SLP, and why I am a firm believer in listening to “coincidences.” The talk then culminated with my story about meeting Ronda Rousey. For my final slide, my takeaways were to believe in serendipity and to listen to coincidences.  Life is more eerily

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