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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December book of the month

By Laura Smith|December 11, 2012|Uncategorized|

December book of the month is The Gingerbread Man.  This classic book has so many repetitive opportunites jam packed in the pages, and the kids absolutely love it! Tonight, Ashlynn’s word was “man” which combines a bilabial sound ‘m’ with a final consonant ‘n.’  On almost every other page the Gingerbread man shouts, “Run, run, fast as you can.  You can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread man!”  Then, various characters

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New worries

By Laura Smith|November 28, 2012|add|

It’s no secret that my daughter has a short attention span.  I always worry of course since I’m her mom that it might be more serious than just the average toddler one minute attention span; however, today her school SLP expressed some concern as well. She asked me to come in next Wednesday to discuss possible strategies for keeping her on task in a group setting.  She said that taking

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First week of pre-K

By Laura Smith|November 12, 2012|Uncategorized|

After my IEP experience, I was excited but also skeptical pending the first day of school.  Excited and hopeful she would finally get the speech and language enrichment she so desperately needs, and skeptical because it didn’t seem like her teacher or SLP would be the ones able to do so. I dropped off her private speech report to the teacher and SLP so they could at least see her progress documented

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I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie, book of the month

By Laura Smith|November 12, 2012|Apraxia|

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie is a knockoff from the classic children’s song, “I know an old lady who swallowed a fly.”  This is a great repetitive book I use with the kids to get ready for Thanksgiving.  The book chronicles a lady who goes through and eats certain Thanksgiving items.  In therapy, I have cutouts of all the various items that the kids hold.  When

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