Children with reading difficulties don't have problems just in reading. Struggling readers will also have problems with related skills like vocabulary, spelling, and comprehension. They will struggle to keep up in their other core subjects too ... because they won't be capable of reading the textbooks and literature used to teach ever increasing concepts in history, English, social studies, and math.
• How can a child decipher a word problem in math if they're a struggling reader?
• If a teacher is covering a history lesson, how can a child follow the verbal instructions if their vocabulary is lagging 2 grade levels behind?
Most schools today simply cannot provide the one-on-one attention needed by these students once they begin to fall behind their peers.
If you have a child already in the K-4th grade school levels, it is NOT too late. Here are warning signs or red flags that might indicate a child is at risk for falling behind in reading:
• Anxiety about reading
• Difficulty understanding what was just read
• Poor spelling and writing skills
• Struggles to sound out words
• Lack of fluency when reading out loud
• Difficulty learning and retaining sight words
• Easily distracted when reading or doing schoolwork
• School work takes an unusually long time to complete
• Problems connecting what is read to prior knowledge
• Struggles with focus
• Struggles to stay on task
It is critical for parents to watch for red flags that your child is struggling with reading ... so the problem can be addressed before it snowballs into something bigger.
Studies show that children who fall below grade level in reading will face potential failure in all core subjects ... which will worsen with each school term as they fall further and further behind their classmates. This could lead to a chronic struggle to be successful in life.