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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? Teaching children to read isn’t easy. There is a wide variety of reading programs and ways to teach, but, based on your child’s needs and learning style, do you know which program and teaching method will work best for them? Understanding your child’s reading ability can feel like a mystery, but it doesn’t have to be.

Is Your Child Struggling To Read? Signs Of Struggle In Early Readers:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reading resistance. Not all reading challenges occur with the book open. In some children, resistance to reading may be indicative of difficulties with reading. 
  5. 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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If Your Child Is Struggling To Read, Help Is Available.

Your child’s pathway to better grades in school and a more successful life is through helping them improve the skills needed to become a stronger reader. Learn more about Learning Lab’s LifeReader™ here, and for more information, please contact one of our two Learning Lab locations, or fill out the form below!

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