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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The Do’s and Don’ts of in-home speech therapy

By Laura Smith|April 15, 2016|Apraxia, Apraxia client stories, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Speech/Language therapy, Therapy for apraxia|

Being both an SLP AND a mother to a child with a severe speech disorder, I have this unique and sometimes bizarre perspective; that perspective, of course, being that I now intimately understand both sides.  That being said, I think parents/my clients, typically feel more comfortable telling me things parent to parent vs. parent to SLP. As a mother now to a child with apraxia, I have a new appreciation

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Spring themed DOT dauber games for repetitive practice

By Laura Smith|April 8, 2015|Speech/Language therapy|

  My speech kids love using BINGO daubers!  It’s great too because I can get a lot of practice repetitions in while making it fun and playing a game.  Each player gets a game board.  Then we roll the dice and practice saying our target words the number of times on the dice while filling up the spots on the board.  Whoever fills it up first wins!   You can

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Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick Speech/Language Activity Pack

By Laura Smith|April 3, 2015|Free printable, Speech/Language therapy|

  This is a little late, but I see private clients on Saturday and I needed an activity to go along with the book “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick,” by Lucille Colandro.  As you probably know, I usually incorporate repetitive books into therapy as a way to provide vocabulary in context, but to also have the kids participate by having a part in the book to

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Pete the Cat home speech/language activities

By Laura Smith|September 26, 2013|Speech/Language therapy, Therapy for apraxia|

I was introduced to Pete the Cat, by Eric Litwin last year when my daughter went to preschool. Not only does it have a catchy song the kids can sing and listen to online here:(—i-love-my-white-shoes#!pete-the-cat-i-love-my-white-shoes/c164e), but it is great for teaching a variety of things in speech/language.  I’ll start with it’s benefit for apraxia. Research has shown that books encourage speech and language development.  My mentor taught me to use

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