- Vicky Arioder
- June 23, 2017, 6:19 pm
New beginnings had always been a great anticipation for every mom and dad when their child first enter school. They made sure that they took all measures to prepare their child for the ABCs, 1,2,3's, colors, shapes, songs and games —the very first lessons their teacher would surely lay down as they enter the four walls of their new world outside home. Mom beams with pride, confident that she was even able to teach his own child more than what he is supposed to know for his age.
Preschool years finally ended and your child truly made it! You were all smiles as you got two thumbs- up from your child’s teachers. You must have done something so good and beautiful! Time for the higher and newer chapters of learning. However, things slowly changed. The newness of school suddenly wears off.
Jumping from one grade level to the next has been a constant struggle. Your child suddenly refuses to discuss school. He became more distant and spends excessive amount of time doing his homework. His teachers express concern due to declining academic performance obviously reflective of his poor grades mostly in major subjects such as Language Arts, Science, Math and History. There is an increase in neediness which made him so dependent on you and his teachers. He is such a smart and creative child but reading to him has become a burden. He could speak well and is even able to present his ideas to many people not many his age could do. However there is a constant struggle as he writes, spells and read words, sentences and paragraphs. He definitely lags behind in school.
You are in a limbo. Frustration slowly crept in as you see his classmates able to read and spell at their grade level. You think that you have done everything that you could to help him but progress just seem to come in trickles. You made sure that you were able to sit with him 20 to 30 minutes more than what you have usually allotted during study time. You read with him and for him. You have provided him with tutors, as what his teachers have suggested you needed to do. You can’t help but resort into the blaming game. You wanted out and started to shift your gears. It’s time to transfer to another school. However, the same problem persisted. Your child finally made the decision. He does not like to go to school anymore. Reading was the culprit. You were stunned and shocked. This is too early to happen. You seemed so trapped and helpless inside.
There’s got to be a way out. What can I do to help my struggling child? What could be the real reasons behind his difficulty in reading?