The primary deficit for children with CAS is difficulty motor planning and/or programming in order to produce speech. However, many, but not all, children with CAS also experience other challenges. One such challenge is reading/literacy. Research studies of children with CAS indicate that 50-75% struggle with literacy. For this reason, it is important to be pro-active about reading skills, but it is also imperative to create and maintain positive reading experiences for your child. To keep your child interested in learning reading skills, they need to enjoy reading.
Two important pre-reading skills or building blocks for literacy are language and phonological awareness. Language includes both expressive (what we communicate) and receptive (what we understand) skills, including vocabulary and grammar knowledge. Phonological awareness is the ability to think about the sound structure of language, i.e. the realization that words are made of sounds. By working on these skills with your child, you can increase the likelihood that they will succeed with reading.