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|0 comments

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|0 comments

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|3 comments

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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Neurology, delays, a dream, and a miracle.

By Laura Smith|January 29, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, special needs parenting|0 comments

Most parents of kids who have a child with global apraxia will at some point visit the neurologist.  It’s usually before the age of 7, which is the age Ashlynn is today. I remember the referral, although the dates are a little fuzzy.  We were either at Ashlynn’s 6 or 9 month checkup and I had to fill out one of those dreaded developmental screens.  Don’t get me wrong, as

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The problem with school SLP’s.

By Laura Smith|January 23, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, special needs, special needs parenting, Speech/Language therapy, Therapy for apraxia, Uncategorized|9 comments

I only realized after being a part of the special needs community that school SLP’s have a bad rap.  Like a really, REALLY, REALLY bad rap.   I’m preparing a talk next month for Colorado school SLP’s, and every time I prepare a talk for this demographic, I have to tell you they have a special place in my heart.  No, it’s not just because I started as one and

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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|4 comments

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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