It feels like home this year: Apraxia Conference 2017

By Laura Smith|July 9, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, CASANA, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Uncategorized|

Wow!  This conference in San Diego has been a WHIRLWIND. I was greeted with palm trees upon arrival, and being a Colorado native, anytime I see palm trees my mind thinks “hello vacation.”  I had some time to kill before my room was ready, so I was able to walk over to the beach.  My “beaches” in Colorado are sandy, but are man-made; so I’m always in awe of a

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What does “smart” mean anyway?

By Laura Smith|July 5, 2017|Uncategorized|

Today was a day I have been dreading.  It was a perfectly normal day.  My 7 year old with apraxia and my 4 year old without apraxia were waiting with me outside my office for one of my clients’ mom to come and watch them. Jace apparently had struck up conversation with another tenant.  She was so tickled by him she had to come out and tell me their conversation.  Jace

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She speaks for herself this 5th Apraxia Awareness Day.

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

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|

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|

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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