Communicating can be frustrating for children with CAS and their families, especially when children have limited speech or their speech is difficult to understand. The speech of many children with CAS is inconsistent due to the inefficiency in their motor planning and programming. This means that sometimes children may be able to communicate with words and other times they may not be able to clearly say words they have said in the past. Keep in mind that communication is more than speech and there are many other ways to communicate!
Unfortunately, one way to communicate is with behavior. When children struggle with speaking, they may use behavior to communicate, including crying, whining, throwing tantrums or physical aggression such as kicking and hitting.