- May 14, 2017, 8:38 pm
How do parents know if their child's reading delay is a real problem or simply a developmental lag?
This is one of the most common questions that make parents wait for indefinite time before seeking help and come face to face with the reality that their child's struggle in school roots back to reading. From the numerous recent researches done globally on the study of Reading, one of the most compelling findings reveals that children who get off to a poor start in reading rarely catch up. This is something I could truly attest. Several students whom I have diagnosed to have poor reading skills due to the lack of direct and precise reading instruction before they reach the age of nine suffer most in his academic subjects.
Coupled with this identified and lurking learning disability is an emotional seesaw resulting into their very poor self-esteem. The consequences of a slow start in reading become monumental as they accumulate exponentially over time (Stanovich). Associated with failure to acquire early word reading skills, these consequences range from negative attitude toward reading(Oka and Paris) to reduced opportunities for vocabulary growth to missed opportunities in the development of reading comprehension strategies to less actual practice in reading than other children receive. (Brown, Purcell and Allington).
(...to be continued)