Reading Help For Children – Teaching Reading Strategies For a Child With Learning Disabilities

Reading help for children with learning disabilities can be a time absorbing and costly task. With a range of tutors and teachers teaching reading strategies that differ in style and efficiency, the child with learning disabilities may find themselves confused and irritated by the complete experience.
For the child with learning disabilities teaching reading strategies of different kinds may help in their reading. Some children are auditory based, some are visually based, the reading help for children needs to reflect the various styles of learning.
As a Behavioral Optometrist, my accent is obviously the visual side of things when thinking about reading help for children. I consider that all the right teaching reading strategies available will still not allow a child with learning disabilities to attain their full potential if their visual skill development is lacking.
Reading help for children does not only mean making the child with learning disabilities to read more and more. This is not real reading help for children, it is torture for both the child with learning disabilities and the poor parents who are teaching these reading strategies! The effect is unhappy, stressed out, aggravated and discouraged parents, and children who feel the same way about reading.
To give real reading help for children we need to step back and, instead of forcing the child with learning disabilities go through the misery of repetitive reading tasks, we must take time out to teach them the visual skills necessary for their success. These include things like focus, eye coordination, eye movement control and tracking, visualization for learning spelling, sequencing, left right awareness and a number of other skills.
Training these fundamental visual skills can present reading help for children by giving them the raw skills to do the tasks they need to do when reading.
If you wanted the teach your child the piano, the key is not to make them sit at the piano again and again, is it? The answer is to get training for them, so that they can get better the skills they need to play.
It is the same thing with reading. Only making them do the function over and over is not the solution. To offer real and essential reading help for children, whether a child with learning disabilities or even a normal reader, we are far better to educate them the underlying visual skills they need rather than teaching reading strategies that help them to cope with the lack of visual skills they are grappling with!
Teaching reading strategies to help them cope is a band aid, trying to cover the question rather than solve it. Forcing the child to read with a ruler under the words, or their finger under the words may progress their reading, but how much more will we help that child if we train their eye movements so they can read smoothly without artificial aids!
Does this mean that I consider there is no place for teaching reading strategies? Not at all, since if we take a little time out to sharpen the visual skills of a child with learning disabilities, it is then time to put into operation the reading strategies, and they will cope with with excellent success for the reason that the child has the skills to do the task!
So, there is true reading help for children available, and my course “Learning @ Light speed” can give the basis upon which teachers and tutors can build. With the right skills developed, and the correct teaching reading strategies in place, there is hope for the child with learning disabilities to reach their complete potential in school.

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