Reading Problems
July 2018 by V. R. Duin


Owls overhead
Started to hoot.
May these birds give
Problems the boot.

Reading tools and technology exist to solve reading problems for the big picture.

Schedule regular reading times. As adults, we are faced with daily distractions and frustrations. Changes in routine can be frustrating to a child. A child's commitment to development and learning can remind us to focus on the big picture and pursue what most matters in life. Often, we find ourselves dwelling on the little problems, for good reason. Parents should be alert for little reading problems.

Learning tools may help. These may affect a child's learning at different ages. Rather than allow little symptoms to absorb and distract us, we should experiment with available reading tools and technology. Simple audio books, reading videos, reading applications, reading games and speech recognition tools can solve basic reading problems for students of every skill level. Developing relationships by reading to or with children can improve achievement, attitudes, behaviors, motivations and skills.

Fear can be wildly out of proportion with reality. Expecting the worst can make us reluctant to act and prevent us from understanding the big picture. Often children are given too many choices and unclear instructions. The structure of the learning environment should be explored with the child and discussed with the teacher. The cause and severity of reading problems can differ widely. Reading problems may involve a difficulty reading words or a difficulty in recognizing the letters used in spelling words.

Have books at home. The presence of books and the example of reading set by adults in the home may have a positive impact on a child's literary and numeracy achievements. Studies show that homes without an adequate supply of books can give rise to children with reading deficits. Minor reading disorders can be overcome with focused practice, encouragement and confidence building over time. Reading tools and technology may not need to be specifically targeted or specialized to solve the reading problem.

Reading problems have a cause. Medical, physical and mental health diagnoses may facilitate and expedite resolution of any health problems that are interfering with a child's ability to focus and concentrate on reading. Common disorders that can affect reading include Dyslexia, ADHD, APD or an issue with vision. Schools and pediatricians should be consulted when children have reading problems that last for several months.

Reading problems have symptoms. These problems may appear as a child's inability to learn basic sounds, decode letter order or understanding simple math. Reading problems also may accompany Autism Spectrum disorder. A child's inability to follow instructions, to keep track of time, or to engage with books, homework, worksheets or simple reading tools and technology such as alphabet toys and word games may need to be clinically evaluated.

It is important to reward reading. We all have important projects to initiate and maintain. Developing a reading habit is important. At first, reading may be a struggle. Over time, it may become a pleasant pastime. In the meantime, it may help to place a monetary or other rewarding value on solving a child's specific reading problems. The first step is Understanding Your Child's Trouble with Reading.

Once a diagnosis and understanding of the reading problem is established, joint effort may help overcome it. Enthusiastic and regular reading habits are largely a family function. It may help to break reading down into short sessions and to point out words, while sounding out letters as they are read. Reading problems may accompany problems with eye and hand coordination. Distractions should be eliminated from all reading sessions. Simple reading tools and technology may be brought into play to make reading activities more engaging.

Design a fun reading program. A child may come to enjoy conquering the special reading exercises assigned by a parent, grandparent, older sibling or a school. Sharing books, talking about books and creating a book culture at home are teamwork efforts. The use and discussion of the content of audio books, reading videos, reading applications and reading games present enjoyable ways for adults, grandparents and older children in the family to help resolve basic reading problems with a child at home.

The big picture generally looks better with collaboration. Schools, pediatricians, online resources and specialized organizations can direct concerned parents to widely available reading tools and technology for the solution of reading problems. More time spent in monitored and supported reading can be part of the solution. If reading is not fun, children may disengage. It should be clear when a child is simply not interested in reading. In a helpful environment, children can overcome learning disabilities to grow successful in school, at work and in our communities.

Reading Tools and Technology

  • Reading Problems Reading Rates says:

    Clarifying, solving and outsourcing solutions for little problems, or solving complex reading problems one part at a time may get children to their reading goals more quickly.

  • Reading tools and technology Reading Rates says:

    Whether a child needs an eraser or software, there is probably a reading tool or technology available for the problem-solving task at hand.

    • The Big PictureReading Rates says:

      For any reading problem faced by a child, the big picture also may be obtained by looking at the issue from his or her perspective.