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July 2020 by Terry Verduin

READING PROBLEMS
OR PROBLEM CHILD?

Owls overhead
started to hoot.
May these birds give
problems the boot.

Reading tools and technology help diagnose problem causes, solve reading problems and may identify a problem child.

Reading at Home

Family Matters? Regular reading times should be scheduled. Adults face daily disruptions. Children's commitment to learning can push parental focus to the big picture, reminding them to dwell on what most matters in life.


Kitchen Secrets? Exploring situations from the child's perspective may shed light. Individually clarifying, solving and outsourcing solutions may deliver students to goals more quickly. Skilled tutoring programs may help.


Books at Home. The presence of books and the example of reading set by adults in the home have positive impact. Without pleasurable exposure to books, problems with literacy and numeracy likely will present at school.


On the Edge? Discussing one subject of interest each day can advance understandings. Techniques to improve reading comprehension are cemented with practice. Readers become better judges of their own work and progress.


On Location? A child may come to enjoy conquering special reading exercises assigned by a parent, grandparent or older sibling. Sharing and discussing books in home reading programs creates a book culture.


Organic Forms? In April 2018, AAP published Psychosocial Effects of Parent-Child Book Reading Interventions: A Meta-analysis. It reported parent-child book reading contributes to language and literacy development.


Enough Already? In May 2018, AAP published A population-based survey of young children with behavior problems: Are parents reading with them? The answer was found to be No for half of youngsters aged 2-5 years.

Bringing in Experts

Playing it Cool? Fear can be out of proportion with reality. Expecting the worst creates reluctant to act, preventing diagnosis of the cause. Learning structures explored with the child should be discussed with experts.


Block Chain? Reading can frustrate beginners, resulting in resistance. Developing outside relationships with trained childhood specialists can improve achievement, attitudes, behaviors, motivations and skills.


Reward Readership? Recognition need not be monetary. Activities and discussions provide rewarding ways for adults to interact with children. These can be designed around enjoyable story plots, characters or themes.


Big Picture? Everything from Advertising to Zoom is done digitally and online. Tech evolves daily, causing high fliers to crash overnight. Nobody can be certain about coming changes. Almost everyone is affected by them.


Extension? Dynamic content draws technologically sophisticated generations. Interactive, voice and audio materials are surging forth as the next levels in subject matter presentation for study and entertainment.


Break the Rules? Experts know how to project an interesting and entertaining learning experience. As technology changes, outdated elements lose support. Mind-tingling crazes, like ASMR, come into focus.

Identifying a Problem Child

Power House? All children deserve supportive environments for growth and development. Disabilities vary in type and extent. These may manifest as mild-to-severe mobility impairments or psychological disorders.


At Ease? Children may be given too many choices or unclear instructions. The use of favorite alphabet toys, audio books, reading videos, learning applications, word games or speech recognition tools may hold interest.


Maximum Impact? Multimedia, games, quizzes and advanced technologies compel users. Technology rewards diligence and spurs awareness. Data analytics indicate what content and methods work where, for whom and why.


Body of Evidence? Problems have symptoms. These may interfere with ability to focus and concentrate. Medical, physical and mental health examinations may isolate a child's underlying issues for resolution.


Reinventing Oneself? Symptoms may appear as a child's inability to learn basic sounds, decode letter order or understand sentences. Short sessions spent pointing out words and sounding out letters may help these learners.

Diagnosing Problem Causes

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


Fine Print? Sight is primary to learning. In June 2015, AAP published Ophthalmic Abnormalities and Reading Impairment. It confirmed hurdles may stem from vision, eye tracking or eye-to-hand-coordination difficulties.


Remain Calm? Autism Spectrum disorders should be clinically evaluated. These may present as inability to follow instructions, track time or engage with books, homework, worksheets, simple tools and technology.


Back in the Game? With diagnoses and understandings established, joint efforts may overcome the obstacles. Enthusiastic, focused, regular reading sessions can make reading activities engaging for all participants.

Reading Tools and Technology

Out of Your Depth? Learning tools may assist with a child's education at different ages. Rather than allow little symptoms or problems to absorb or distract attention, experiments with available technology are advised.


Beyond the Pale? Color-sensitivity and color-blindness impact study. Difficulties surface with color recognition or reading black print on white backgrounds. Colored filters, lenses or dark screen mode may be helpful.


A Vision? The O-G approach helps with dyslexia. This time-tested method offers sequential, multi-sensory, interactive and cumulative learning. It addresses spelling, reading and writing complexities for all students.


Everything Clicks? 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.


Study in design? Monitored digital applications can be part of the solution. Their use may identify a child's lack of interest in books. A structured environment may overcome reading resistance to meet learning challenges.

Involving the Education System

Weaves of Green? Common disorders include: Dyslexia, ADHD, APD or issues with vision. Schools may recommend pediatricians be consulted when children face stumbling blocks over periods of several months.


Yottabyte? Academic tutoring is global. Help with reading, language, math and other subjects is extended to homes, hospitals and other locations. It is offered before or after school, on weekends and during summer breaks.


Beauty Awakens? International autism organizations serve individuals, schools and organizations. By providing support for individuals on the spectrum and for their families, they improve lives for those involved.


Free Range? Monopolies do not profiteer from diagnosis, treatment or disabled students' needs. After schools or medical providers make the diagnoses, public agencies and nonprofit groups fund advocacy and services.

Solving Reading Problems

Take Me to Your Leader? IDA, ADDA and Auditory Processing Disorder Foundation, Inc. offer resources, raise awareness and provide specialized guidance. They help sufferers overcome corresponding obstacles to learning.


Value-Based? Consultants, advocates and attorneys represent disability rights. Specialized disability professionals extend beyond public benefit eligibility. They level the playing field to meet special needs in education.


Tough Love? Joining or creating study groups provides advocacy advantage. It is important to have support groups. Sharing knowledge about needed documents, records and contacts can help win battles for equal treatment.


Kick Back? The big picture often looks better with collaboration. Schools, pediatricians, psychologists, psychiatrists, online resources and specialized organizations can direct parents to practical reading solutions for each need.