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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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|

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

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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“Thank you” sounds so empty.

By Laura Smith|December 21, 2015|#knockoutapraxia, Apraxia, apraxia blog, global apraxia, Uncategorized|

When I worked in Denver schools early on in my speech therapy career, I became numb to the phrase, “Thank you so much.  Thank you for everything.” The parents were soooo grateful for my help, and I didn’t understand.  It was my job. “You don’t have to thank me,” I would reply.  “Is there anything else I can do?  Any other goals you would like to be written?” The response

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…and the haters gonna hate

By Laura Smith|August 3, 2015|Uncategorized|

At the risk of turning off people with another Ronda Rousey post, I debated not writing this.  However, I’m a writer, and in times of thought and reflection, a writer must write. I was more than shocked to realize not everyone shared my same vision and hope from my Ronda Rousey story.  I guess I was naive.  Either way, I started to feel down but then I realized something. I

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