Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)

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This month we wanted to share an important resource as well as helpful tips with our families about Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Apraxia-KIDS is a website that provides a plethora of information including informative articles with the most up to date research and tips for encouraging speech and language growth at home. One tip we wanted to share with you this month is the benefit of reading books. Reading books is an engaging way to spend time with your child while at the same time helping their speech and language development.

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Reading books at home encourages speech and language development as books provide a multi-sensory approach for learning. The type of books that are most beneficial for children diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) are repetitive books, meaning  that the story may repeat itself, the same phrase may appear on each page or the same question may be asked throughout.
Helpful Hints for Using Repetitive Books
  • Pause to allow the child to fill in a portion of a repeated phrase.
  • Encourage the child to repeat a carrier phrase heard throughout the story.
  • Provide adequate time for the child to attempt productions.
  • Read a preferred repetitive book multiple times and provide increased opportunities for the child to verbally participate.
  • Read a story with inflection! Apply a consistent melodic tone and inflection to carrier phrases and repeated questions present throughout the book.
  • Provide opportunities for the child to take turns verbalizing.
  • Adapt a book by using additional pictures or objects that correlate to the text.
  • Call attention to the print; point to the written text as you read.
List of Suggested Repetitive Books
  • Boynton, S.- Red Hat, Yellow Hat
  • Brown, M.- Goodnight Moon (Board Book)
  • Campbell, R.- Dear Zoo: A Lift The Flap Book (Dear Zoo)
  • Carle, E.- Have You Seen My Cat?
  • Carle, E. – 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo
  • Carlstrom, N.W.- Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? (Jesse Bear)
  • Cartwright, S.- Who’s Making That Mess? (Usborne Lift-the-Flap Book)
  • Christelow, E.- Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (Board Book)
  • Eastman, P.D.- Are You My Mother?
  • Ernst, L.C.- Up to Ten and Down Again
  • Guarino, D.- Is Your Mama A Llama?
  • Kalan, R.- Jump, Frog, Jump!
  • Pereira, L. & Solomon, M. – Oh! A Bubble…
  • Shaw, C.B.- It Looked Like Spilt Milk
  • West, C.- “Buzz, Buzz, Buzz” Went Bumblebee
  • West, C.- I Don’t Care! Said the Bear
  • Williams, S- I Went Walking
  • Williams, L- The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
  • Wood, A.- The Napping House



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