Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Reading Rockets: Helping Struggling Readers

Reading Rockets is a fantastic resource for parents and teachers for the area of reading. Below is an article I found under struggling readers. Please take a moment to take a look and check out some of the links.

Helping Struggling Readers

Did you know that learning to read is a challenge for almost 40 percent of kids? The good news is that with early help, most reading problems can be prevented. The bad news is that 44 percent of parents who notice their child having trouble wait a year or more before getting help.
Unfortunately, the older a child is, the more difficult it is to teach him or her to read. The window of opportunity closes early for most kids. If a child can't read well by the end of third grade, odds are that he or she will never catch up. And the effects of falling behind and feeling like a failure can be devastating.
Click below to find information on:
  • FAQs – Find answers to real questions from real parents about reading and learning disabilities
  • Q&A with nationally known experts – A new monthly feature covering topics such as assessment, cognition and learning, and educational technology
  • Why They Struggle – Learn why some kids struggle with reading
  • Target the Problem! – Pinpoint the problem a struggling reader is having and discover ways to help
  • Assessment Process – Find out how to get your child evaluated
  • Parent as Advocate – Why you need to toughen up and stand up for your child
  • Finding Help – Where to get extra help for your struggling reader
  • Self-Esteem and Reading Difficulties – What else suffers when kids struggle in school and what they can do to help themselves
  • Struggling Readers – Find more Reading Rockets resources, including inside the classroom video, webcasts, articles, and related research
Early identification is crucial. Please, if you suspect a problem, don't hesitate. Learn about reading difficulties, get your child assessed, find out what you can do to help your struggling reader, and don't give up!

Related articles

Parents are often the first to suspect their child has a reading problem. An expert alerts parents to some of the earliest indicators of a reading difficulty.
Children come to our classrooms from so many different ability levels and backgrounds. As a teacher, it's important to recognize and know what to do to help a struggling reader.
Reading difficulties likely occur on a continuum, meaning that there is a wide range of students who experience reading difficulties. There are those students who are diagnosed with a learning disability. There is also an even larger group of students who do not have diagnoses but who need targeted reading assistance.
A look at three pivotal longitudinal studies that clearly show: Late bloomers are rare; skill deficits are almost always what prevent children from blooming as readers.
What should you do if you think your child is having trouble with reading? Sometimes children just need more time, but sometimes they need extra help. Trust your instincts! You know your child best. If you think there's a problem, there probably is.

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