Hi I’m Leslie. I live in suburban Chicago with my husband and two little girls, Kate and Kelly. Although I’m an “at home” parent, I’m rarely at home. What am I doing? Step-aerobics, yoga, hanging out with friends, shopping at Target, reading and writing in coffee shops, and carting kids around to their various activities, or decorating something. I’d love to hear from you, so drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. I try my best to respond, but I always read and appreciate your thoughts, comments and experiences.
Parenting Background/perspective: From my early days as a teenage babysitter to my job as a Child and Adolescent Psych R.N. at the Mayo Clinic, educating, supporting, and enriching kids’ lives–and their parents–has been a passion of mine. A lot of my ideas come from some of the treatment and education groups that I used to lead. I also read a lot of parenting type books and journals, and of course I practice parenting on a daily basis! Some days I am better at it than others.
My Education: I attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where I was a Cum Laude graduate of the Sinclair School of Nursing (BSN) with a minor in psychology.
Apraxia Book: After years of research, writing, and trying to get a publisher–I finally did. Just because I couldn’t find a book about childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) when my daughter was diagnosed doesn’t mean you won’t. Speaking of Apraxia: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding and Coping with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. It covers everything you ever wanted to know about CAS from the muddy definition to history of the disorder, ways to help, and understanding the school system.