Teachers can be great allies in keeping your child with CAS safe and successful in school, but you'll need to make sure they have all the knowledge they need to help. Use these suggestions to create a information packet to bring educators up to speed.
Five Things Teachers Need to Know
1. My child has trouble speaking; she knows what she wants to say, but her brain has trouble moving her mouth to say it. Please be aware that she understands language and is mentally alert.
2. My child uses sign language or a communication device as his voice while he undergoes therapy to strengthen his speech. Please take these accommodations seriously and use them to make him an active participant in your classroom.
3. Please do not try to force my child to speak. It will have the opposite effect, since pressure and stress make speech more difficult for her.
4. My child has significant challenges, but he is still a child with ordinary interests and hope and dreams. Please help us keep his life as normal as possible.
5. Please keep the lines of communication open between our home and the school. My child needs all the adults in her life working together.
Printouts to Share with Teachers
My Child Has Apraxia: Letter to a Teacher
Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Children with Apraxia and Reading, Writing, and Spelling Difficulties
Language Processing and Comprehension Issues and Children with CAS
AAC in the Classroom
Source: Spectronics Blog