As children move into the second and third grades, the focus of reading transitions from decoding and word recognition to fluency and then reading comprehension. By fourth grade, children are expected to use reading skills to obtain new knowledge, or “reading to learn.” Thus, reading skills become essential for continued academic achievement.
Key Points for Fluent Readers
Fluent reading can be difficult for children with CAS, even if they are good readers. Not only does it require reading skills but also depends on motor planning/programming for speech, which is the primary deficit for children with CAS. Continued positive practice is essential and will also help to build speech skills. Below are some pointers for helping your child become a fluent reader. Ask your child’s speech-language pathologist (SLP) and classroom teacher if these ideas are appropriate for your child or if there are additional recommendations or modifications needed for your child to succeed.