Reading difficulties can be overcome and reading can be rewarding. However, If a person cannot read, then this impacts much throughout life. For maths, children can have trouble reading and comprehending word problems, eg: if they cannot read the word ‘circle’, they would get an answer wrong if they are required to circle the correct item. Adults unable to read would have difficulty reading recipes, contracts, the newspaper, vital information. Overcome reading difficulties – there are so many great books out there!
Once children lose self esteem because they find learning to read difficult, they can get caught in a downward, negative spiral. When adults cannot read, this can lead to unemployment, poverty, not being able to participate in society, underachievement, depressions, anxiety, not being able to make wise choices and has even been known to affect relationships.
For young children developing literacy skills, nursery rhymes are very good. Through listening to and reciting nursery rhymes, this can prepare children for learning the sounds of letters because they develop Phonemic Awareness. Teach children the names and sounds of letters, remembering that they can give more than one sound. Once they know all of their letters, then you can teach them to recognise High Frequency words. As children start to learn how to read simple books, encourage them to look through the whole word, use their letter/sound knowledge to decode the words and don’t just guess from looking at the pictures. They can also look for bits in a word that they know before trying to decode the parts they don’t know. It can help to run a finger under the words but try and keep to the speed of fluent reading. Children often enjoy putting together cut-up sentences (write out a sentence using texta on a strip of card or paper; then get the child to read the sentence while you cut away the words; they then have to re-assemble the sentence). Learning to read fluently is well worth pursuing. Reading can be enjoyable and allow a person to gain access to a plethora of wonderful literature and information.
Some individuals sadly have undiagnosed visual processing dysfunction. This can cause – visual distortions; reading fatigue; eye strain (even with 20:20 vision), frequent headaches; difficulty spelling; untidy handwriting; difficulty aligning numerals for maths computations; difficulty reading music; underachievement; anxiety and low self esteem. Aproximately 17% of the general population has this visual processing dysfunction, to varying degrees. Most of these individuals are also sensitive to glare and fluorescent lights. They can be intelligent individuals but cannot read efficiently so may underachieve. This condition is known as Irlen Syndrome (and Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome). https://irlenballarat.com.au/about/ .Once diagnosed, Irlen Syndrome can be helped quite quickly, without medication or operations and doesn’t have to be expensive. We are able to give more information about Irlen screening and help, here in Ballarat. Please enquire.
Here, at Cornerstone Learning Ballarat, we are able to arrange an Irlen Screening to test for Irlen Syndrome. We also have a trained Reading Recovery Teacher who can assess to find out which reading skills your child is lacking. Find out some answers! We might have the missing piece to the puzzle! Why can’t your intelligent child read?