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Tips for Parents to Help Their Struggling Readers

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Literacy is an essential skill so it’s important that parents know how to help their children if they are struggling.

Literacy is one of the most important skills to have these days, as being a competent reader not only helps in one’s academic career but also in their future professional lives. It’s an essential skill in becoming an independent person so it’s no wonder that some parents start to worry once their children have some difficulties with reading. That said, it’s important to approach it with a level-head, utilize the resources available to you, and take these tips to heart when trying to assist your child with bettering their literacy.

Try Reading Together

Different people have different learning styles and that certainly applies to reading. If your child is having troubles getting stuck on certain passages of a text, try sitting with them while they read and if they get stuck, assess what part they are having difficulties with. Try reading it aloud for them and see if they’re able to get it. Later, revisit the same passage and see if that information stuck.

Address Root Causes of Learning Issues

Sometimes, difficulty reading can be a sign of a greater issue, like problems with focusing attention or processing speed. If a child is struggling in multiple disciplines, this is a good indicator that something deeper may be going on. If this is the case, you’ll want to speak to your child’s teachers and see what their recommendation is. Sometimes it’s as simple as adding more structure into their lives and having more dedicated time for studies and learning.

Utilize Technology

These days, there are tons of different kinds of reading software that can help make reading much more interactive and fun. This is a great way to expose your child to new ideas, stories, words, and skills. Just be careful not to create a sense of dependency on technology, as they should feel comfortable switching between the medium and traditional paper books.

Incorporate Small Rewards

By incorporating small, achievable milestones in your child’s learning—and offering incentives that match—you’ll notice they’re more invested in their education. Try to get your child to read aloud and if they make it through their reading material, reward them with some television time or a snack. As soon as your child builds up the confidence they need to tackle reading alone, you won’t need to offer as many rewards.  

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