- May 14, 2017, 8:43 pm
IDENTIFYING THE CULPRIT : GETTING DIAGNOSED, UNDERGOING ASSESSMENT
The best solution to the problem of reading failure is to allocate resources for early identification and prevention. It is a tragedy of the first order that while we know clearly the costs of waiting too long, few schools have in place a mechanism to identify and help children before failure takes hold. In the majority of cases, there is no systematic identification until third grade, by which time successful remediation is more difficult and more costly( Hall and Vail).Several times I have listened to parent after parent tell me about their feeling that there was problem early on, yet being persuaded to discount their intuition, they opted to wait to seek help for their child.
Later when they learned that time is of the essence in developing reading skills, the parents regretted the lost months or years. Second revealing facts on reading researches shows that the crucial window of opportunity to deliver help is during the first couple of years of school. So if your child is having trouble learning to read, the best approach is to take immediate action( Hall).
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