She is the definition of perseverence (a poem)

By Laura Smith|May 24, 2013|Apraxia|

You went to speak, but the words wouldn’t come, Stuck in your brain,  so easy for some. You went to crawl with the best of intents, Yet your body didn’t know what your brain meant. You went to walk, big smiles and all, yet every time you tried, it ended with a fall. You went to drink from a big girl cup You would sputter and spit till it came

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So many things require motor planning, including a computer mouse.

By Laura Smith|May 24, 2013|Uncategorized|

I’m so frustrated today!  To make it worse, I’m frustrated with myself for being frustrated.  I went to put Ashlynn on abcmouse.com, and early learning site for kids as young as two.  Since she’s 3.7, I figured this should be great.  Wrong.  Turns out using a mouse requires a high degree of motor planning and coordination.  God.  It sucks.  She can’t even do things two year olds can do.  I

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First annual Apraxia Awareness Day! What it means to me as a mom and SLP

By Laura Smith|May 14, 2013|Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

I never thought when I was going through school to be a speech/language pathologist, or when I became a speech/language pathologist, that I would one day have a child who would have apraxia. It’s funny, because before I had Ashlynn, I was still drawn to the disorder. I was highly disappointed about the information that was available on it in graduate school. I think I have a packet of maybe

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“I Will Wait” Struggles have made victory that much sweeter.

By Laura Smith|May 9, 2013|Apraxia, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

Ashlynn’s progress continues to grow by leaps and bounds.  So many times I catch myself smiling and my eyes well up with tears to see her knock down all of her obstacles. Last month she learned to jump for the first time at 3 1/2.  At the beginning of the year, it broke my heart to watch her try on a classroom trampoline.  On their turn, all the other kids

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Ashlynn’s at four words! Update

By Laura Smith|February 4, 2013|Uncategorized|

Ashlynn is literally making leaps and bounds in her speech.  Sometimes, I feel like we are actually having a mini conversation.  I think the greatest aspect is her being able to tell me where she’s hurting, or even tell me what she wants to eat.  She tries to repeat everything now, and even has some sponteaneous four word utterances!  The past week, her new thing was “too” as in, “Ashlynn

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Instant connection with “Ben”

By Laura Smith|February 4, 2013|Apraxia, Apraxia client stories|

So, I went back to work this past month.  As I was going through my new caseload and reviewing files, I came across a boy I’ll call Ben.  Ben was a nonverbal Kindergarten student in the Spanish classroom with above average intelligence.  Ben had suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech.  The SLP who was substituting for me, wrote me an email saying, “he has no motivation or desire to communicate right

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