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|

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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When you can talk but have no words

By Laura Smith|January 8, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, special needs, special needs parenting|

If you are familiar at all with apraxia of speech, then this meme makes perfect sense to you. Most kids with apraxia, especially in the early stages cannot communicate what they are thinking because they cannot talk or make the sounds make sense. (Not) fun fact: Some kids (I don’t know the percentage offhand), will also have an additional language processing disorder with the apraxia.  This adds another layer of

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The irony of the Chicago Hate Crime

By Laura Smith|January 5, 2017|apraxia blog, special needs, special needs parenting|

By now, you have probably seen or read about the special needs man who was kidnapped and tortured by 4 other individuals.  Some reports say it was racially motivated, yet others said they targeted a person for being special needs. I made myself watch the video.  I got through a fair amount.  I saw this man cower in a corner while he was beat, kicked and punched.  I saw the

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One kickass family, finding your tribe, and other lessons from Finding Dory

By Laura Smith|December 19, 2016|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, global apraxia, special needs|

I finally watched “Finding Dory” last night.  I had already wanted to see that movie because I’m sorry, Ellen Degeneres is awesome, and her Dory character in Finding Nemo is the best! However, when the movie came out, my clients started asking me if I had seen it.  “No…” was my reply as I sighed in disappointment. “You HAVE to see it!” was the resounding response.  Yeah, yeah, I know.

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Why we’ll never stop working

By Laura Smith|April 30, 2015|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, dyspraxia, global apraxia, special needs, special needs parenting|

I’ve been down lately.  Really, really down.  It pretty much started at Ashlynn’s re-evaluation meeting and went downhill from there.  For all the work she’s done, for how far she has come, for what she knows in the face of so many challenges,  it was like a slap in the face. It’s really not anyone’s fault.  It’s just the way it is.  I’m dealing with mixed expressive/receptive language issues now.

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