Are you wondering if your child has a reading disability (also referred to as a “learning disability”)? You may already have a diagnosis. If not, figuring this one out isn’t rocket science. Let me ask you a few questions to explore your query further:
- Does your child have average to above average intelligence? Another way to say this is “Are they doing okay in their other classes, especially math (which isn’t so dependent on their ability to read)?” The idea is if your child is doing fine in math but is struggling a lot with reading, they probably have a reading disability. The concept is simple; If they can learn math, they can and should be able to learn to read just as easily. Doing well in math while struggling with reading is a common occurrence. This inconsistency strongly suggests a reading disability.
- Is your child able to read grade level material, but very slowly? This chart lets you see what’s considered grade-level speed. For example, by the end of fourth grade, a child should be reading fourth-grade-level material at least at 118 words per minute. Below-grade-level speed is a dominant feature of a child with a reading disability.
- Does your child struggle with spelling? One day they can spell “because” and the next day they can’t remember? Poor spelling is also another common characteristic found in a child with a reading disability.
So while this little questionnaire and the linked checklist can’t definitively say whether your child has a reading disability, it does help you see what you should be looking for and whether to pursue help for your child. Follow your gut. Over the thirty plus years I’ve worked with parents, only about three who thought their child was reading disabled were wrong. The other thousand plus were right. Odds are if you think your child has a reading disability and has any of the red flags listed above or on the checklist, you’re right. You should find a way to make reading easier for your child. It’s your job.
So, let’s go! Keep moving on this trail and find the help your child needs. Consider us or another provider. Your child only has so much time before the window on becoming a better, more confident reader will shut. Their ability to read will have a critical impact on their academic success and emotional well-being. Life has a way of providing hardships. This is one hardship your child doesn’t have to deal with if you get involved and act now. Struggling with reading doesn’t have to become a life-long problem for your child.
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