A parent who notices their child is having difficulty reading early on can help to address these challenges before they get more problematic down the road. During the preschool or kindergarten years parents may notice their child having difficulty rhyming, manipulating words, struggling with word games or recognizing similar sounding words. These are just a few signs of reading struggles at a young age and those of your child may be unique.
However, parents who notice that their child does not display the same reading and comprehension levels as compared to peers should consider the likelihood of a reading difficulty disability. A screening might find that your child has speech or hearing problems and these can be hindrances on reading comprehension as well. Regardless of the causes of child’s reading difficulties parents should take early detection seriously as these problems can often carry on past the preschool years and throughout life.
Common First Grader Reading Difficulty Signs
In addition to problems rhyming, manipulating sounds or recognizing similar sounding words, preschool children who have reading difficulties may display the following warning signs as they enter first grade:
- The inability to make associations between sounds and letters
- Challenges pronouncing new words and remembering them
- Difficulty sounding out different parts of words
- Blending two or more sounds to make words
- Forgetting the names and sounds of letters
- Ignoring punctuation
- Lacking concentration during reading
Children who display reading difficulties at this age will often avoid reading out loud because of the challenges involved. Similarly, these children will have poor phonological skills and guess at confusing words because they don’t know the sounds associated with the words or simply can’t remember the words well enough to sound them out. Sounding out words and blending them together is an important skill children need to acquire in order to move towards more advanced text.
Proactive Parents are the Best Solution
Parents are usually the first ones to detect signs of reading difficulty in children. It is not uncommon for parents to hesitate to seek help as many parents firmly believe the reading challenges are something their child “will grow out of.” Other parents feel that if they seek professional help it will make their child feel as if there is something wrong with them. It is possible that children can overcome reading difficulties but early detection is key to helping children develop the skills necessary to overcome these disabilities.
If you feel that your child has trouble reading or is lacking the reading skills of kids their age, contact Brainjogging today to learn more about our programs that are designed to help children, and parents, solve their challenges.