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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Neurology, delays, a dream, and a miracle.

By Laura Smith|January 29, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia, special needs parenting|

Most parents of kids who have a child with global apraxia will at some point visit the neurologist.  It’s usually before the age of 7, which is the age Ashlynn is today. I remember the referral, although the dates are a little fuzzy.  We were either at Ashlynn’s 6 or 9 month checkup and I had to fill out one of those dreaded developmental screens.  Don’t get me wrong, as

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Finding hope again is like finding a diamond in the rough

By Laura Smith|December 5, 2016|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental coordination disorder, dyspraxia|

We always hear about mama bears.  Okay, maybe it’s just me, but I guess I am one.  Daddy bears don’t have quite a good a reputation.  Daddy wolves though.  Watch out.  Read about them.  You do NOT want to cross a daddy wolf. My dad is a daddy wolf.   I found a definition online that read, “Male wolves are attentive, monogamous and fiercely protective dads that live with their

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I’m never doing enough

By Laura Smith|December 9, 2014|apraxia blog, global apraxia|

Since I’m an SLP, I’ve been in the meetings where we, as well meaning professionals, give our advice and tips.  Simple and easy tips that seem so easy, but when you have 4-5 people giving you these tips, the weight seems to get a little heavier. Such was the case tonight.  My grant finally ran out for my private OT and speech services that I was able to get starting

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What is your future like when you have GLOBAL apraxia?

By Laura Smith|November 24, 2014|Apraxia, global apraxia|

My friend Kim, (a fellow apraxia mom and SLP) and I talk a lot about how most people, including professionals and pediatricians, just have NOT SEEN global apraxia.  What is global apraxia? Well, it’s not an official diagnosis.  You’re not going to find it in the DSM 5, and when you google it, you’re not going to find some great scholarly articles.  Nope. Instead, you can google Childhood Apraxia of Speech

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