Humans of ASHA: Laura Smith

I was an SLP before my daughter was born. I had been thinking of specializing in stuttering until my world was changed when my almost three-year-old daughter was given a diagnosis of Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Feelings of intense guilt overwhelmed me. I decided I was an SLP who had a daughter with a rare speech disorder for a reason and set out on a mission to gain expertise in the area, as well as to spread awareness.

Though I had no real plan, I started a blog focusing on Childhood Apraxia of Speech. After meeting UFC fighter and author Ronda Rousey at a bookstore, I read an article about her online that detailed a "speech impediment" that sounded just like Childhood Apraxia of Speech. I wrote about it on my blog and the story went viral, and apraxia awareness was splashed across national television. That was one year ago today.

The story not only spread awareness, but inspired parents to keep fighting and gave them new found hope despite what can be a very scary diagnosis. I'm proud to have been a part of it.

Laura Smith

ASHA Corporate Partners