Anything but Silent book review

By Laura Smith|May 5, 2017|Anything but Silent review and giveaway, Apraxia, Apraxia Awareness Day|

I’m continuing on with giveaways leading up to Apraxia Awareness Day on May 14th! Today I am reviewing the book ANYTHING BUT SILENT by Kathy and Kate Hennessy.  Kathy Hennessy is the mother to Kate who has pure CAS and another son Andy who has global apraxia and SPD.  Kathy is also the educational director at CASANA! The book rotates chapters from Kathy’s point of view to Kate’s point of

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Speech Stickers App review and Giveaway!

By Laura Smith|May 2, 2017|app review, Apraxia, Apraxia Awareness Day, Speech Sticker app giveaway|

Next up in the May Giveaways to celebrate Apraxia Awareness Day May 14th is an app I literally use every week called Speech Stickers.  Carol Fast, the creator, is awesome, and she’s always updating this app with more sounds and combinations. Speech Stickers is the first app that I downloaded for Ashlynn (my daughter with apraxia) when she had first turned three.  I chose it because it was cheap, and

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Building Speech and Quantifying Complexity for Apraxia: Interview with creator Kathy J

By Laura Smith|May 1, 2017|Apraxia, Apraxia Awareness Day, apraxia blog|

I’m so honored and excited to have Dr. Kathy Jakielski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP with me today! I met Dr. Jakielski at the CASANA Intensive Training Institute, as she was one of the instructors. The honor is all mine, Laura. Thank you for your interest in my work! Kathy, I remember vividly this moment at the end of the training, where we all sat around a big conference table, and you gave

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That’s not acceptance, that’s discrimination

By Laura Smith|April 27, 2017|Apraxia, Apraxia Awareness Day, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, global apraxia|

“That’s not acceptance, that’s discrimination.” I watched a fellow apraxia mom say this today while she wiped tears from her eyes.  Why?  Well, she was looking at a beautiful newspaper article in the Valley Breeze that she bought special.  She knew it featured her seven year old son who threw out a first pitch along with two other children that day, and couldn’t wait to see his picture and read

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Why do we call it “childhood” apraxia of speech? Isn’t it lifelong?

By Laura Smith|April 21, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, CASANA, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

Ever wonder why CAS is called Childhood Apraxia of Speech? Is it really necessary to have the word “childhood” in there?  Doesn’t it ostracize those who never truly outgrow apraxia?  Plus, isn’t it a lifelong neurological disorder? Why can’t we just call it apraxia, or verbal apraxia? You might be surprised to know the reasoning was more thought out than you might think. If you’ve ever had these questions, Sharon

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To love something with all your heart may also mean you have to let it go: The future of CASANA

By Laura Smith|April 13, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, CASANA, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

I’ve never been involved with non-profits until recently.  I mean, I had the couple that I liked and donated to and then went about my merry way.  Once I had Ashlynn and met Sharon Gretz, the founder of CASANA, knowing I could never repay her for the kindness and support she gave me, I turned to supporting CASANA 100%.  As a mother to a child with apraxia herself, Sharon automatically

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