Preventing Reading Difficulties and Failure

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ISSN: 1538-320
November 6, 2018

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Does the school presume your child is "unteachable" because he is having difficulty learning to read?

Reading is a learned skill. For many children, reading is not a natural skill that develops as they mature.

Children do not learn to read with "support" in the classroom. They learn to read with direct, specific, and intensive reading instruction.

A reading program needs to be chosen based upon the unique and individual needs of a particular student.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you'll find out how to prevent reading failure and the importance of implementing research based reading instruction. Learn about the most commonly used tests of reading - what they measure, how they are administered, and their limitations.

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How a Child Becomes a Reader

How do we prevent reading difficulties and failure?

Children should be taught word identification, comprehension, and reading development.

Sue Whitney, Research Editor at Wrightslaw, summarizes research on how a child becomes a reader and describes how to prevent the downward spiral in reading.


Waiting to Fail?

  • Is your child struggling to read, but failing further behind?
  • Does your child have difficulties, with red flags especially in language areas - reading, spelling, writing?
  • Did the school hesitate to evaluate him, while he continues to struggle with reading?
  • Did the special ed program fail to remediate his reading problems?


All About "Reading Tests"

Chapter 6: Reading Assessments. Learn about reading skills, tests that are used to measure reading skills, and answers to your questions about reading tests.

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Assessing Reading Difficulties and Disabilities

I'm concerned about my child's reading. What should we know about reading skills?

Reading is the gateway skill to learning. A reading assessment is the first step in identifying your child's problems and developing solutions so he can improve his reading.

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