Identifying Your Kid’s Trouble With Reading

December 24, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Library User Group,Sarah Denson

In case your child has trouble reading, it can impact far more than schoolwork. Additionally, it may influence his self-esteem and social life. A standard reason behind reading issues is dyslexia. But other conditions can have comparable symptoms. Find out about what can cause these complications, and ways to help.

If your child has dyslexia or another condition that affects reading, here’s what you may be seeing:


Reading Trouble in Preschool

Struggles to identify letters, match words to sounds and blend sounds into speech

Difficulty in pronouncing words.

May have a low vocabulary than kids of the same.



Reading Trouble in Grade School

Has trouble learning new skills

Has difficulty recalling facts and numbers

Frequently reverses letters (for example, mixing up d and b) or puts them in the wrong order

Has trouble following directions

Spells poorly



What Can Cause Trouble With Reading


Dyslexia is the problem that is widely known for influencing reading skills. However, other conditions can impact a child’s potential to read for various reasons. It is also not abnormal for kids to have significantly more than one condition.

Normally it takes quite a while for kids with dyslexia to be familiar enough with a term to learn it instantly. And they might be able to read it reasonably easily one day, but not another. They could also neglect words and lose their place. Dyslexia could also affect reading understanding. It’s hard to comprehend what’s going on in a tale when it requires such a long time to complete each individual phrase.

Dyslexia also affects writing, spelling and even speaking skills. But despite all the challenges it generates, dyslexia is not an indication of low intelligence. There is a set of very successful individuals who have dyslexia.

Visual processing problems: Children who have a problem with visual processing have trouble finding the difference between words or shapes. They could also not have the ability to see them in the right order. Having blurred eye-sight or seeing dual are common grievances. Kids often make an effort to make up by closing one eye.

What You Can Do.

Even though you aren’t sure what’s causing your child’s reading problems, you may still find ways to help him ­– and get active support on your own, too. Here are some options to consider:

  • Read out loud. Reading together with your child will help reinforce his skills. It may also help him enjoy and learn from books without having to struggle to read them.
  • Tap into your child’s interests. The more interested your child is on a topic, the more time he’s likely to spend reading. And it doesn’t have to be just books. Comics and magazines may be more fun and appealing too. And they can be equally helpful in building skills.
  • Focus on effort, not outcome Praise your child for trying hard. Emphasize that everyone makes mistakes, you included! Help the child understand how vital it is to keep practicing. Acknowledge even the smallest bit of progress. Your encouragement will help them stay motivated.
  • Make your home reader-friendly. Try to stock every area of your home with at least a few books your child might be interested in reading. Take a book on long car rides and read it to your family so you can all discuss it.

Having difficulty with reading can be quite aggravating for kids. But there is a wide range of effective coaching strategies that will help. You can certainly do things at home to help your son or daughter build reading skills, develop strengths and gain self-confidence.


Sarah Denson

Library User Group