A Gift of Speech Printables Giveaway!

By Laura Smith|May 5, 2017|Apraxia, Apraxia Awareness Day, Speech/Language therapy, Therapy for apraxia|

Today I’m featuring A Gift of Speech’s Shannon Archer!  Included in this bundle will be THREE separate activities you can print out and start using! Interactive Multisyllabic Words! Minimal to No Prep Activities in color and black & white! Practice multisyllabic words with multi-modalities: visual, auditory, tactile, verbal, and FUN! Activity include 23 pages of interactive activities to practice multi-syllabic words! This activity was created to help work on multisyllabic

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Apraxia and the village.

By Laura Smith|February 23, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Apraxia client stories, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Therapy for apraxia, Uncategorized|

I work in the schools a few days along with my private practice work.  I say I work in the schools because I like working in Ashlynn’s school, and that’s partially true.  However, I have always in my career had at least one child on my caseload with apraxia in every school in which I have worked. If you have a child with apraxia, you’re probably thinking, “what’s the big

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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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Don’t just teach the speech. The importance of co-articulation and prosody in the treatment of CAS

By Laura Smith|November 3, 2016|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Therapy for apraxia|

Co-articulation.  Prosody. Those are two words you might have seen when researching apraxia.  If you are treating a kid with apraxia or you have a child with apraxia and are not familiar with these terms, you NEED to familiarize yourself with them. To have a diagnosis of apraxia, you need three main criteria: Inconsistent productions with sounds Difficulty with co-articulatory transitions Errors with prosody (stress, intonation, pitch, rate, volume) Recently,

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An open letter to millennial cynicism, indifference or neither?

By Laura Smith|October 4, 2016|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Giving Tuesday, Therapy for apraxia, walk for apraxia|

Non-profit. What does that word mean to you exactly?  No really, I have over 300 email subscribers, 1300 fb subscribers,  and….this can’t be right…but according to my statistics I see 10,000 visitors per month.  That’s crazy considering I get maybe 40 likes on a good day on my fb page and a couple comments per month on the blog.  I know SOMEONE is reading this blog though,  so sincerely, I

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Overgeneralization: a caution for clients with CAS

By Laura Smith|July 27, 2016|Apraxia, apraxia blog, global apraxia, Therapy for apraxia|

    Before I knew my daughter Ashlynn had CAS, and before I spent countless hours researching, taking trainings, and becoming an expert in CAS; I was an elementary school SLP.  Like any new SLP, I was relatively inexperienced with CAS.  One year, I transferred schools and a 3rd grade boy with a dx of CAS popped up on my caseload.  Most people, including his mother, still found him very hard

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