Are Reading Difficulties
a Sign of Something More?
Children's reading difficulties can be frustrating for any parent. The biggest question facing a parent is whether the child is struggling because of a learning disability or because he or she isn't getting the type of education needed. Sometimes it's both.
Most of the time, children begin to learn to read in early elementary school. They progress over time to improved skills. But some children fall back, unable to grasp reading, and this is when the difficulties they're having could indicate something more.
Reading difficulties plague many children, but for some it's more than just needing to practice more. Any type of difficulty with reading, writing or speech comprehension could be an indication of a larger problem, including a learning disability. If you suspect this is the case with your child, talk to your health care provider about the developmental delays you and your child's teacher are noticing. That's when an official diagnosis can occur.
It Can Be a Real Struggle
There are many instances when such difficulties are from the learning disorder called dyslexia. In this particular type of disability, the child is able to communicate well and has a normal level of intelligence. However, he or she has trouble processing letters. He may struggle to write the letters properly, sometimes writing them backwards. He may also have trouble putting letter sounds together to form words. When this occurs, phonics reading skills are struggling to develop due to a brain disconnect.
Why Is It Happening?
Your child does not necessary lack the ability to read, but she has a brain that is struggling to take the written or spoken word and relate to it. In those who have this type of difficulty, information is processed by the brain differently than in others. They're able to learn, though, if the information is taught in a way that their brain can process. In other words, by altering the teaching method, the child will be able to grasp the information provided and improvement is likely.
The first step in the process is to get help. This can happen in a number of ways, but when these struggles occur in children, the goal is to find an education plan that works for the child. Some children just need a bit of extra help.
The brain can be taught, and reading difficulties can be overcome in many instances. The sooner help is obtained, and the more structured it is for the child's needs, the better the results will be.
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