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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Ronda Rousey changes public perspective about disability

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

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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Here’s How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech

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

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! *Note: This giveaway is now closed* Enter below!  Good luck!   a Rafflecopter giveaway

When your friend becomes your family, you help their children when they die. Please help.

By Laura Smith|January 21, 2016|Uncategorized|

One more follow up to my last story about my dear friend who has passed.  You can read about that here: Under the Influence.  Goodbye Sarah.  RIP Many highschool friends, most highschool friends, remain just that.  Friends you had in highschool. But sometimes, if you’re lucky, one of your highschool friends turns out to be a sister.  As it turned out, I was one of those lucky people. When the

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Under the influence. Goodbye Sarah. I love you. RIP

By Laura Smith|January 20, 2016|Uncategorized|

A departure post from apraxia, but I would be remiss if I never publicly wrote about the death of one of my best friends. Today, January 20th 2016 I received this text: “She is dead!!!” What did you think when you read that?  Then you can’t even imagine what I thought.  That “she” is my best friend since I was 14.  I’m 35.  That means that “she” was a girl

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