Apraxia would have destroyed me

By Laura Smith|March 19, 2017|#knockoutapraxia, Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, language disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, special needs, special needs parenting, specific language impairment|

I often think about what would have happened had it been me who had apraxia, dyspraxia, SPD, dysarthria, and a learning disability when I was young.  It’s pointless I know, but I was/am a perfectionist.  That’s not a good thing.  I learned early I was really good at spelling, reading and writing, but math I had to work for.  I won a math award in 3rd grade and I looked

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The problem with school SLP’s.

By Laura Smith|January 23, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, special needs, special needs parenting, Speech/Language therapy, Therapy for apraxia, Uncategorized|

I only realized after being a part of the special needs community that school SLP’s have a bad rap.  Like a really, REALLY, REALLY bad rap.   I’m preparing a talk next month for Colorado school SLP’s, and every time I prepare a talk for this demographic, I have to tell you they have a special place in my heart.  No, it’s not just because I started as one and

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Where did THAT come from?

By Laura Smith|December 14, 2016|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

If you follow my facebook page, you probably already saw our HUGE news!  Ashlynn came home from school this week with a note and award that said she had successfully verbally named EVERY single letter AND letter sound.   It’s nothing short of amazing.  Ashlynn has been working soooo hard and for YEARS.  YEARS!  She deserves it soo much.  We bought ice cream for her and let her eat it

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Why we’ll never stop working

By Laura Smith|April 30, 2015|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, dyspraxia, global apraxia, special needs, special needs parenting|

I’ve been down lately.  Really, really down.  It pretty much started at Ashlynn’s re-evaluation meeting and went downhill from there.  For all the work she’s done, for how far she has come, for what she knows in the face of so many challenges,  it was like a slap in the face. It’s really not anyone’s fault.  It’s just the way it is.  I’m dealing with mixed expressive/receptive language issues now.

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What if we don’t prove them wrong?

By Laura Smith|April 13, 2015|apraxia blog, Apraxia client stories|

I had a client recently who told me a well-meaning friend called her five year old son with apraxia “retarded.”  Apparently he meant it in a “well-meaning way” asking about services, but understandably the term shocked, appalled, angered, and then saddened her. Isn’t it interesting what we all presume about a child based on nothing more than their speech? She went onto say she didn’t even correct him because at

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What’s in a number? Why I refused cognitive testing.

By Laura Smith|April 6, 2015|apraxia blog, global apraxia|

What’s in a number? I refused cognitive testing today at Ashlynn’s school.  Despite me saying I was so sure about not doing it two months ago, I still agonized over the decision until today.  Today, the psychologist and myself finally had a chance to chat.  She has 20 years of experience and has been working with preschool kids exclusively.  She sounded smart, thoughtful, and honest. As I ran through my

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