“I see” with DIY binoculars

By Laura Smith|August 6, 2013|Uncategorized|

If you have a child in speech, or a speech language pathologist yourself, you are probably familiar with the term “carrier phrase.” A carrier phrase refers to the initial component of a sentence that stays constant (usually a subject and verb, allowing for a fill in the blank at the end (the predicate). Common examples include: “I want ______.” “I have ______.” “I see _______.” “I like________.”  This list is

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Conference take aways 2013

By Laura Smith|July 23, 2013|Uncategorized|

The Apraxia conference was incredible to say the least.  On one hand it was information overload, but on the other hand I learned so much.I was beyond thrilled to meet Sharon Gretz, the founder of CASANA.  What an incredible women and inspiration she is to me, and when I met her she was so down to earth and humble.  We swapped stories and I immediately felt a kinship with her.

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Apraxia and Down Syndrome

By Laura Smith|July 23, 2013|Uncategorized|

I came across a great blog the other day regarding Speech/Language and Down Syndrome.  I love this interview about Down Syndrome and Apraxia.  I couldn’t agree more with the therapist’s view point. Ask an Apraxia Expert I have worked with many kids who have Down Syndrome, and they are some of my favorite kiddos.  They are sweet and loving, and usually have a stubborn streak.  If you can earn their

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Ashlynn play boats with daddy.

By Laura Smith|July 15, 2013|Uncategorized|

This past Fourth of July weekend we went on our annual trip to Glendo State Park in Wyoming. My husband and I have been going since before we had kids. Without getting into all the details, once you go to Glendo for the Fourth, you always go back if you can! Last year we couldn’t go because I was having my son so we were very excited. When we went

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ABC Song and “Happy Birthday Jace”

By Laura Smith|July 2, 2013|Uncategorized|

Two HUGE developments with Ashlynn popped out over the weekend! We celebrated my youngest’s 1st Birthday on Sunday. Six months ago, my daughter had to really focus on including all the sounds in syllables, so when it was my husband’s birthday, she could day “Happy Day” with cueing. Well, after the celebration ended and everyone had gone home, she went over to her brother and clear as day said “Happy

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Speech FlipBook App Review

By Laura Smith|June 25, 2013|Uncategorized|

Speech FlipBook by TACTUS Therapy is a versatile app more suited for use with older children or adults.  It is in a flip book format seen below. It has the option to flip each section of the word (onset, nucleus, and coda), or to flip the entire word. It contains literally every sound and consonant cluster found in words, allowing practice at the single syllable level.  It is completely customizable,

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