Reading Problems displayed at 50% of viewport width
July 2018 by V. R. Duin

READING PROBLEMS: PROBLEM CHILD

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

Reading tools and technology exist to solve reading problems for a problem child.

Schedule regular reading times. Adults are faced with daily disruptions. We often dwell on little problems. A child's commitment to learning can push our focus to the big picture and what most matters in life.


Fear can be out of proportion with reality. Expecting the worst can make us reluctant to act and prevent us from finding the cause. The learning structure should be explored with the child and discussed with the teacher.


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 achievement. Without books, reading deficits are likely.


Reading can be frustrating to a child. Family should be alert for resistance. Developing relationships by reading to or with children can improve achievement, attitudes, behaviors, motivations and skills.


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 technology.


Children may be given too many choices and unclear instructions. Use of favorite alphabet toys, audio books, reading videos, reading applications, word games or speech recognition tools may hold interest.


Cause and severity of complications differ widely. They may involve difficulties recognizing words or the letters used in spelling. Minor disorders can be overcome with practice, encouragement and confidence building.


All problems have a cause. Medical, physical and mental health diagnoses may facilitate and expedite resolution of any health issues that are interfering with a child's ability to focus and concentrate.


Common disorders include: Dyslexia, ADHD, APD or an issue with vision. Schools and pediatricians should be consulted when children face obstacles that endure for several months.


All problems have symptoms. These may appear as a child's inability to learn basic sounds, decode letter order or understand sentences. Short sessions of pointing out words and sounding out letters may help.


Look at the issue from the child's perspective. Clarifying, solving and outsourcing solutions one part at a time may deliver a problem child to goals more quickly.


Reading obstacles may accompany Autism Spectrum disorder. Inability to follow instructions, track time or to engage with books, homework, worksheets or simple tools and technology should be clinically evaluated.


Reading difficulties may indicate trouble with eye and hand coordination. The first step is Understanding Your Child's Trouble with Reading.


Color impacts reading. Some individuals have difficulty with contrasting black print on white backgrounds. Colored filters, lenses or dark screen mode may facilitate viewing.


After diagnosis and understanding are established, joint effort may help overcome obstacles. Enthusiastic and regular reading sessions without distractions can make reading activities engaging for all participants.


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. Share and talk about books to create a book culture.


Reward readership. Discussion of story content is an enjoyable way for adults, grandparents and children to interact. Create activities around plots, characters and themes. Recognition need not be monetary.


Reading tools and technology may not require specific targeting or specialization. A simple eraser may suffice. At first, reading may be a struggle. Over time, it may become a pleasant family pastime.


The big picture generally looks better with collaboration. Schools, pediatricians, online resources and specialized organizations can direct concerned parents to practical reading solutions.


Monitored and supported reading can be part of the solution. It should be clear when a child is not interested in books. In a helpful environment, children can overcome reading resistance and meet some learning challenges.