It all happened, Apraxia or Not

By Laura Smith|March 29, 2016|#knockoutapraxia, Apraxia, apraxia blog, global apraxia|

We went on vacation for Spring Break. I took a picture of me and my girl on an amusement park ride: She told me the chairs we were sitting in were “penguin chairs.” Two years ago she couldn’t do that. Mark a noun with an adjective like that. Adjectives let us be creative with our speech. She barely had the basics down, but I was still happy then because she

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The day she had enough!

By Laura Smith|March 21, 2016|#knockoutapraxia, Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, global apraxia|

When I was in 1st grade, a little boy kept kissing me on my head.  After the third time, I told my mother in exasperation.  I explained that even though I kept telling him to stop, he still kept doing it.  That night, both my parents had decided my mom would go to school the next day and let the teacher know and put a stop to it. “Nooooo,” I

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Finding all the wrong words or no words at all.

By Laura Smith|March 4, 2016|#knockoutapraxia, Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, dyspraxia, global apraxia|

I think one thing, well actually I KNOW one thing I never knew about CAS before Ashlynn, was the significant difficulty kids with CAS tend to have with word finding. Ashlynn and all of my clients struggle with this to varying degrees.  Sometimes, Ashlynn’s seem innocent.  She’ll call me grandma after she’s been with her grandma all day.  She’ll say “today” when she really meant “tomorrow,” or say “tomorrow” when

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Tips for carryover in Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Part 2 of 2

By Laura Smith|January 5, 2016|#knockoutapraxia, Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Therapy for apraxia|

We all know Childhood Apraxia of Speech is rare!  The odds then of having a mother who is an SLP?  Probably substantially rarer right?  When I first started on this journey, I knew of none.  Now I know at least 30!  We have a unique perspective for sure, and I wanted to team up with two other moms to tell you what we do in our own homes with our

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Where we are at: apraxia, articulation, language

By Laura Smith|January 3, 2016|#knockoutapraxia, Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

It has been awhile since I posted directly about Ashlynn’s speech.  Once we all started to understand her, it didn’t seem as pressing anymore.  Her dyspraxic components (gross and fine motor skills) definitely started to take precedence.  However, she is still in speech for a reason, and that reason being percentile ranks well, well, well below average. Ashlynn is 6 years and 2 months.  She can say every single sound

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SLPMommyofApraxia Top Posts of 2015

By Laura Smith|December 31, 2015|#knockoutapraxia, Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, dyspraxia, global apraxia|

This year was definitely a big year for me and for apraxia awareness!  I coordinated the Walk for Apraxia in Denver, I was honored to be published in the ASHA blog and on The Mighty twice; and of course as you all know, my story on Ronda Rousey having apraxia went viral and was featured in national publications and on Good Morning America! This lead to our popular facebook group

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