There are many reasons why reading can be hard for a child.
It’s important to note that struggling readers will often have problems in multiple areas. For example, children who have problems with sounds almost always have problems in breaking up words and phonics; children with fluency problems usually have comprehension weaknesses; and a weak vocabulary also impacts comprehension.
The key thing is, don’t hesitate when you suspect a child has a reading difficulty. Trust your judgment and consider how a child is doing in comparison to others. Reading problems are best addressed when the child is still young. However, it’s never too late to help a child.
Child Reading Difficulty
One thing to consider early on is whether hearing or vision loss is contributing to your child reading difficulty. This is important for children with allergies.
Parents play a huge role in making sure that their child’s needs are being addressed. You care the most about your child, so you need to understand your child’s needs and make sure that everything that can be done is being done.
A thorough reading evaluation can help determine a child’s reading difficulties. The best thing that can happen is for parents, teachers, and other professionals to begin talking and working on how they can help a child overcome or cope with his or her reading difficulties.
It takes everyone to help a child strengthen the skills that are so crucial to learning to read.
Target the Problem! Find out what activities parents and children can do. The idea is not to put more pressure on a child, but to offer him or her caring support and strategies that work.
With a well-informed and engaged team of both parents and teachers behind him or her, your child will have the best opportunity to succeed at reading.