Dot Articulation book GIVEAWAY

By Laura Smith|May 3, 2016|Apraxia, Apraxia Awareness Day, apraxia blog, Therapy for apraxia|

Keeping up with our giveaways, next up is Dot Articulation from Speech Corner.  I use this book all the time with a variety of  different speech disorders. It’s a great way to get multiple productions in a fun and motivating format.  It has reproducible worksheets targeting 19 frequently articulated sounds, including blends.  For my kids with apraxia,  there are blank sheets in the book for you write in your own

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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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Why are SLP’s still using “mouth exercises” for CAS??

By Laura Smith|February 17, 2016|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Therapy for apraxia|

I realized in the entirety of my blog, I have never even once addressed oral motor exercises, aka mouth exercises, or now being touted as oral placement therapy; in the treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech.  The “why” is actually very simple.  Massive amounts of research consistently demonstrate they are ineffective in the treatment of speech sound disorders.  In graduate school I had to do a paper on their ineffectiveness

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Tips for carryover in Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Part 2 of 2

By Laura Smith|January 5, 2016|#knockoutapraxia, Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Therapy for apraxia|

We all know Childhood Apraxia of Speech is rare!  The odds then of having a mother who is an SLP?  Probably substantially rarer right?  When I first started on this journey, I knew of none.  Now I know at least 30!  We have a unique perspective for sure, and I wanted to team up with two other moms to tell you what we do in our own homes with our

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Word FLIPS giveaway!

By Laura Smith|May 5, 2015|Apraxia Awareness Day, Therapy for apraxia|

Day 5 leading up to Apraxia Awareness Day on May 14th has me offering a giveaway for Word FLIPS by Super Duper Publications. Word FLIPS can be a useful and handy tool to use with kids who have apraxia.  It allows practice for simple CV syllable shapes for up to 3 repetitions.  It also allows for combining combos to form other bisyllabic words i.e. tie+knee = tiny.  I usually give

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Pot O’Gold Articulation Game for Apraxia

By Laura Smith|February 25, 2015|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Therapy for apraxia|

I was finally able to make a new game for my kiddos with enough time to spare for St. Patrick’s Day! This game follows the same idea as my other repetitive games.  Kids have a game board, in this case, a black pot:     The kids draw a card from the card deck.  If the card contains a shamrock with gold coins, the child collects the amount of coins

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