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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Apraxia, special ed, and grad school. One woman’s remarkable tale.

By Laura Smith|April 8, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, global apraxia, Sensory Processing Disorder, special needs parenting|

One day I was perusing The Mighty to see if any new apraxia articles had been posted, and I ran across an article by Kelsey Belk, a graduate student studying to be an SLP.  I was so inspired by her article I just had to reach out and thank her.  I found her on facebook and saw that she was currently attending the University of Northern Colorado! I live in

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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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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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