The foundation of communication and speech is language. Language includes both understanding (receptive) and what we communicate (expressive). Receptive language includes understanding what words and sentences mean, such as when you follow directions. Expressive language includes what we say, but also what we communicate in other ways, like with eye contact, gestures and body language. Children typically gain receptive language skills before learning the corresponding expressive language skill. For example, typically a child will learn what a word means before saying that word.
Language, especially receptive language, is often a relative strength for children with CAS, especially when they are young. It is important to continue to build upon this strength, especially when children are struggling to speak. Building and maintaining a strong language foundation will benefit your child’s overall communication and assist their speech development. It is important for a child to have a message to share to motivate them to do the hard work of working on their speech.