“Never give up” is an essential motto for parents of children who have difficulty learning to read.
I know. My son was seriously behind in reading skills throughout his early grade school years.
Typical in most schools by the end of third grade, I knew his school district would stop providing individual reading instruction. I could not let that happen! Kevin was making “good progress,” but he was falling further and further behind his age mates in reading skill.
I used the Wrightslaw technique of graphing scores to demonstrate this gap. Pete is right when he says it’s a skill all parents should master.
The evaluation results gave me the data. Graphing the data helped me convince the CSE team that research based reading instruction (RBI) needed to be included in Kevin’s IEP. That instruction continued for the next several years.
Yes, it took several years. However, I never gave up. Kevin did learn to read fluently! Kevin just finished his first semester as a full time college student with a 2.8 GPA.
Reading – A Basic Skill
Reading is such a basic skill. Having others read to you cannot substitute for this skill. Using assistive technology to read for you cannot substitute.
If we teach a child everything BUT reading through all the years of public school, when he leaves school, his chances are limited. However, if we teach him nothing BUT reading, when he leaves, the whole world is open to him.
The understanding of how a child learns to read has expanded enormously over the past ten years. We now can teach virtually every child to read. Never give up!