There are many children who have certain types of reading difficulties. These difficulties stem from those with reading disabilities such as dyslexia or learning disabilities or those who simply lag behind and could use some focused reading assistance. Children with reading difficulties can severely impair their academic performance and, if it persists into adulthood, can also create difficulties in the workplace. Reading difficulties are best addressed at an early age.
As a parent, knowing about the different types of reading difficulties and the errors a child makes will help identify what aspect of reading a child is finding challenging. From there, we will be able to devise an appropriate intervention plan on how to improve reading skills.
The ability to recognize and interpret written text is achieved through the decoding of images and sounds. This is at the heart of phonological awareness and processing and is the foundation for reading. Children who struggle with decoding words will often display difficulties comprehending what they have read. They put a great deal of energy into making sense of the words, and as a result, miss the meaning of the text.
Students with poor vocabulary knowledge are at risk of developing broader language weaknesses and reading comprehension difficulties that will negatively affect their academic performance.
A fluent reader reads with speed, accuracy, and the right expression. If a child cannot read with fluency, they sound choppy and awkward. These children might have difficulties with decoding skills or they may just need more practice with speed and smoothness in reading.
A reader’s comprehension is based on understanding the content of what he or she reads. Word decoding difficulties often overlap with reading comprehension issues. However, some readers with reading comprehension challenges don’t have decoding difficulties. Simply put, they don’t comprehend what they have read.
Inferential comprehension involves the child’s ability to make inferences. Deficits in inferential comprehension can lead to children taking what is being said literally, misinterpreting what is being said, or misunderstanding the intended meaning.
C with nonverbal learning difficulties often have difficulty understanding facial expressions and body language. They may also have difficulty with motor skills as well as visual-spatial abilities.
Empowerkids helps children by providing individualized assessments and dyslexia screenings that address all of the factors that may be affecting the child and may aid in the treatment of dyslexia.
Contact Dr. Anupma Sethi at +1-669-900-2315 today to learn more about Dyslexia screening and our customised approach, which includes the Orton-Gillingham approach, multisensory approach, and science of reading, which can help children with Dyslexia.