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July 2019 by V. R. Duin

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.

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


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.


Kitchen Secrets? Exploring situations from the child's perspective may shed light. Individually clarifying, solving and outsourcing solutions may deliver a problem child 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 books, problems with literary and numeracy deficits likely will present at school.

Identify a Problem Child

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 children aged 2-5 years.


Block Chain? Reading can frustrate children. Families should be alert for mere resistance. Developing relationships by reading to or with children also improves achievement, attitudes, behaviors, motivations and skills.


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.


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.


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.

Reading Tools and Technology

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


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.


Beyond the Pale? Color-sensitivity and color-blindness impact learning. 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 Orton Gillingham approach This time-tested method offers sequential, multi-sensory, interactive and cumulative learning. It addresses some of the challenging spelling, reading and writing complexities.


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.

Diagnose Problem Causes

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.


Body of Evidence? Problems have causes. These may interfere with ability to focus and concentrate. Medical, physical and mental health diagnoses may facilitate and expedite resolution of a child's underlying health concerns.


Weaves of Green? Common disorders include: Dyslexia, ADHD, APD or issues with vision. Schools and pediatricians should be consulted when children face enduring stumbling blocks over a several month period.


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.


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.


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.

Solve Reading Problems

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.


Yottabyte? Schools offer free SES. 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.


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.


Beauty Awakens? National, state and local associations, specialized schools and organizations improve lives for those touched by Autism. AANE provides support for individuals on the spectrum and for their families.


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 concerned parents to practical reading solutions.