She speaks for herself this 5th Apraxia Awareness Day.

By Laura Smith|May 14, 2017|Apraxia, Apraxia Awareness Day, apraxia blog, Uncategorized|2 comments

I remember being in 1st or 2nd grade, the age Ashlynn is now.  I was always struggling to fit in. There was a girl in our class who had special needs.  I remember she wore this heavy, pink, furry coat and she talked with slurred speech.  She would sit outside, even on the hottest of days in that coat.  Usually, she was by herself.  I don’t remember how it came

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The Rise

By Laura Smith|March 9, 2017|Apraxia, Apraxia Awareness Day, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, language disorder, specific language impairment, Uncategorized|2 comments

I have Ashlynn on a new game plan.  We had to take a break from her private speech because of unforseen financial issues in our life, but now we are back and better than ever. She’ll be seeing her awesome private SLP again on Tuesdays (who just happens to be my mentor, friend, and speech mom), and then Wednesdays we have insurance finally paying for 20 sessions, which is not

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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|1 comments

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|9 comments

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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Ronda Rousey changes public perspective about disability

By Laura Smith|October 25, 2016|#knockoutapraxia, Apraxia, apraxia blog, Uncategorized|0 comments

In the facebook group, Ronda Rousey: #knockoutapraxia, I love hearing from people who were inspired by Ronda, and recently, a member named Shawna posted that she wrote a school paper on the very subject. When I met Ronda and wrote my article, it was never about making her a spokesperson for CASANA (even though Ronda that would still be awesome if you are reading this).  It is the fact that

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Book GIVEAWAY!! Here’s How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech

By Laura Smith|May 14, 2016|Apraxia, Apraxia Awareness Day, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Uncategorized|3 comments

Have you heard?  It’s #ApraxiaAwareness Day and #Apraxia is trending! In honor of all of the festivities, Margaret D Fish, author of “Here’s How to Treat Apraxia of Speech” is offering a free copy of her book to one lucky winner!   Enter today and the winner will be announced next Saturday! Enter below!  Good luck!   a Rafflecopter giveaway