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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