Reading Problems
July 2018 by V. R. Duin


Owls overhead
Started to hoot.
May these birds give
Problems the boot.

Reading tools and technology exist to solve reading problems for the big picture.

Schedule regular reading times. Adults are faced with daily disruptions. We often dwell on little problems. A child's commitment to learning can push our focus to the big picture and what most matters in life.

Fear can be out of proportion with reality. Expecting the worst can make us reluctant to act and prevent us from finding the cause. The learning structure should be explored with the child and discussed with the teacher.

Have books at home. The presence of books and the example of reading set by adults in the home may have a positive impact on a child's literary and numeracy achievements. Without books, reading deficits are likely.

Reading can be frustrating to a child. Family should be alert for little reading problems. Developing relationships by reading to or with children can improve achievement, attitudes, behaviors, motivations and skills.

Learning tools may help. These may affect a child's learning at different ages. Rather than allow little symptoms to absorb and distract us, we should experiment with available reading technology.

Children may be given too many choices and unclear instructions. Alphabet toys, audio books, reading videos, reading applications, word games and speech recognition tools can improve basic difficulties.

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

All problems have a cause. Medical, physical and mental health diagnoses may facilitate and expedite resolution of any health problems that are interfering with a child's ability to focus and concentrate on reading.

Common disorders include: Dyslexia, ADHD, APD or an issue with vision. Schools and pediatricians should be consulted when children have reading problems that last for several months.

All problems have symptoms. These may appear as a child's inability to learn basic sounds, decode letter order or understand sentences. Short sessions of pointing out words and sounding out letters may help.

Reading problems may accompany Autism Spectrum disorder. Inability to follow instructions, track time or to engage with books, homework, worksheets or simple tools and technology should be clinically evaluated.

Reading difficulties may indicate problems with eye and hand coordination. The first step is Understanding Your Child's Trouble with Reading.

It is important to reward reading. We all have important projects to initiate and maintain. Developing a reading habit is important. At first, reading may be a struggle. Over time, it may become a pleasant family pastime.

After diagnosis and understanding are established, joint effort may help overcome obstacles. Enthusiastic and regular reading habits without distractions can make reading activities engaging for all participants.

Design a fun reading program. A child may come to enjoy conquering the special reading exercises assigned by a parent, grandparent, older sibling or a school. Sharing and talking about books create a book culture.

Reading tools and technology may not need specific targeting or specialization. Discussion of reading content is an enjoyable way for adults, grandparents and older children to resolve basic reading problems.

The big picture generally looks better with collaboration. Schools, pediatricians, online resources and specialized organizations can direct concerned parents to practical reading solutions.

Monitored and supported reading can be part of the solution. It should be clear when a child is not interested in reading. In a helpful environment, children can overcome reading resistance and meet some learning challenges.

Reading Tools and Technology

  • Reading Problems Reading Rates says:

    Clarifying, solving and outsourcing solutions for little problems, or solving complex reading problems one part at a time may get children to their reading goals more quickly.

  • Reading tools and technology Reading Rates says:

    Whether a child needs an eraser or software, there is probably a reading tool or technology available for the problem-solving task at hand.

    • The Big PictureReading Rates says:

      For any reading problem faced by a child, the big picture also may be obtained by looking at the issue from his or her perspective.