In the Zone: A look at Camp Speech Zone in NY

By Laura Smith|September 11, 2017|Apraxia, Camp Speech Zone, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

Adventures mother and son in the city that never “seeps”   By definition, “being in the zone” means that you are so happy or excited because you are doing something easily and with skill. It’s really about having your thoughts flow easily and creatively with regard to art, music, design or invention. It’s the achievement of a blissful and fulfilling state of mind. Some refer to this as “in the groove.”   

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She’s starting to feel different.

By Laura Smith|August 29, 2017|#knockoutapraxia, Apraxia, learning disability|

Ashlynn just started her second grade year.  At the end of first she basically made a full year’s worth of growth going from beginning Kinder reader to end of Kinder reader, but still couldn’t pass the last level. I put her in tutoring again, just like I had done the summer after her Kinder year; but this time it was 3x a week for 30-45 minutes.  I saw so much

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The Hulk and Rousey on struggling to speak.

By Laura Smith|August 18, 2017|#knockoutapraxia, apraxia blog, apraxia walk, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

During an episode of “Battle of the Network Stars” Lou Ferrigno and Ronda Rousey shared a touching exchange about their childhood disorders and how it made them stronger. Ferrigno, best known as the Incredible Hulk, inquired into famed MMA star Ronda Rousey’s life.  He questioned about the fire she had inside of her and wanted to know where the first flame was stoked. In an incredibly honest moment, Ronda tells him that she grew up

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You know you need awareness when you know more than the “experts.”

By Laura Smith|August 16, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, Executive Functioning Skills, global apraxia, Sensory Processing Disorder, special needs, special needs parenting|

About a year ago I switched insurance from my husband’s to mine, in order to leave no stone left unturned.  I know that kids with apraxia can have some sort of positive indicator on a brain MRI, or genetic marker.  I had yet to do any of that testing, and so I decided this was the year to do it. My husband questioned why.  Is there a reason to know?

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What is executive functioning and why do you need to know?

By Laura Smith|August 13, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, Executive Functioning Skills, special needs parenting|

Does your child struggle with impulse control? Do they run out or touch things they know they shouldn’t but seem unable to help themselves despite consequences?  Do they struggle to get dressed?  Does it take you 30 minutes longer to get out the door in the morning than you think it should?  Do they frequently lose things like important papers from teachers? Is their desk, backpack, and folders completely disorganized and

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