5 Common Signs Your Child May Be a Struggling Reader
As adults, it’s hard to remember what it was like to learn to read. What were the struggles? Where were the hang-ups? How do you know if your child is on-track?
Is your child struggling to read?
Signs of Struggle In Early Readers
- Frequent guessing. Guessing can be a natural instinct for children when working out a word or syllable. However, frequent guessing – or making up words – may be a sign of struggle in learning to read.
- Laborious reading. By taking it slow, one letter at a time, many basic words can be sounded out. Some children may read so slowly and laboriously that they aren’t able to comprehend what they’re reading. The meaning of a sentence is lost to the time it takes to phonetically sound out the words.
- Problems with sight reading. At a certain point in learning to read, many basic words like “the” and “and” are known by sight. If a child doesn’t pick up on sight reading these words, they may have a reading learning challenge. There are also common words like “eye” that simply need to be memorized by sight. Difficulty in memorizing and sight reading these common words could be a sign of a learning challenge.
- Reading resistance. Not all reading challenges occur with the book open. In some children, a resistance to reading may be indicative of difficulties with reading.
- Significant spelling errors. Many children struggle with spelling, and that’s completely normal. However, major ongoing spelling errors could be indicative of a reading learning problem. Some children struggle with common phonetic spelling patterns (eg. “werd” for “word” or “burd” for “bird”); other children may struggle with including all of the necessary letters in a word. A specialist can help evaluate your child’s spelling and use their observations to work with your child on reading (and spelling) improvements.
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