What Not to Do
There are a few things that are not helpful and can even be detrimental for a child with CAS.
Don't:Break your sentences into single words and speak one word at a time to your child.
Don't:Split the word into individual sounds (C-A-T) when you help your child say a word.
Don't:Correct your child for every speech error they make. Use the rule "10 pennies = 1 dime" meaning 10 reinforcements for every correction to make sure that your child hears enough positive, reinforcing feedback to balance out the corrections.
Don't:Constantly ask your child questions or overwhelm them with lots of requests to repeat or say words.
Don't:Ask your child to repeatedly say a word incorrectly without helping them to say it better. Saying a word incorrectly is called negative practice and can actually make it more difficult for the child to correct the word later.