When Older Children Struggle with Reading
Children who struggle to read develop a range of coping mechanisms as they go. Many children will mask the issue by learning to mimic or makes guesses. They understand the narrative primarily by looking at the pictures. If early struggles with literacy are not identified, these learning behaviours will create more problems. Sometimes it is difficult for the family to identify these issues and the problem may only become apparent later.
If you have found that your child has some problems with reading, there is help available. It is never too late to build strong literacy skills, and there is a range of resources available to help. Here are some tips to get you started.
Here are some tips to get you started.
Reading Resources for Older Children
- Children who struggle with literacy will likely benefit from a boost in confidence. There is a significant emphasis on literacy in learning curriculums and strong readers are frequently rewarded in classroom settings. Your child will understand they are different from their peers and have likely felt isolated by this. Now is a time to support them with patience and positivity.
- The key to encouraging older children to read is to make it possible for them to succeed. Give them texts that are simple, yet age appropriate. They will probably not want to read an early childhood book but they may feel comfortable with graphic novels, instructions, magazines or online content.
- Choosing material that is in their field of interest can inspire them to push past difficult words to get the information they are seeking. There are books written about almost anything you can think of, from skateboarding to horse riding to music. Some children like to read informative books where the text is listed and easy to digest.
- If fundamental stumbling blocks are evident, you can approach a reading recovery teacher or a tutor to help get things back on track. They will be able to assist you with resources you can use at home together and a realistic time frame for particular outcomes. They can also keep an eye out for issues such as dyslexia or eyesight problems which may have been overlooked.
Talk Things Over
Keep the atmosphere light and try not to worry. It may take some time, but together you will get there. It is imperative your child does not feel shamed by their difficulty. Games like Scrabble and Pictionary are a fun way to enjoy building literacy skills together. Keep the conversation open so your child feels they can share things with you as they go. Make sure you keep yourself informed by accessing support forums and online resources where you can. Many early learning centres offer wonderful literacy and pre-literacy programs; ensuring positive reading habits are formed early on.