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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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|

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|

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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