CASANA Conference take-aways 2017

By Laura Smith|July 15, 2017|Apraxia, CASANA, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

The apraxia conference is ALWAYS emotional, inspiring, overwhelming and amazing. This is my 3rd, and I can say I am still pretty tired and exhausted by the end. This year it seemed I was busy on all the breaks, but it’s a good busy. This is my passion and this is where I belong. During a couple breaks, I signed up to do the “SLP Is In” booth, which is

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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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and then…there were words!!

By Laura Smith|June 12, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Apraxia client stories|

Almost 1 year ago today, I met a three year old who walked into my office with his mother.  He had been receiving speech therapy since he was in early intervention. He had also been receiving private speech therapy from another office. Despite having no other co-morbid issues, he only had four words: Mama, O, Daddy, More. This child was probably one of the best and most adept mimes I

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