When a person is sick a doctor makes a diagnosis based on the unique needs of the individual. The doctor seeks to strike the right balance of treatments in order to bring the patient to a place of wholeness and wellness. The doctor begins this process by asking the question, “Exactly what is wrong with my patient?” The answer to this question is the diagnosis which will drive and dictate what will be prescribed.
When a parent or caregiver analyzes a child’s reading problems he/she is much like a doctor making a diagnosis. Adults caring for children have valuable knowledge about how the child learns and can evaluate needs with specificity. The child may need interventions, basic support, enrichment or all of the above. To determine what is needed, one must consider what is (and what is not) working for the reader. Once the diagnosis is made, the appropriate prescription can be written, and the problem can undergo correction.
The specific nature of reading problems can be revealed by taking a look at the common causes of reading difficulties. Listed here are the types of reading difficulties defined under Step 1: Diagnose. Click on the these links to learn more about these common reading problems:
Child Needs Glasses?
Child Needs Vision Therapy?
Child is Not Ready to Read?
Child Needs Phonics Instruction?
Child Needs Sight Word Instruction?
Child Needs Fluency Instruction?
Child Needs Comprehension Help?
Child Needs Schema Building?
Child Needs Appropriate Reading Material?
Go to Step 2: Prescribe to write a prescription for addressing your child's reading problems.
Go to Step 3: Correct to learn about reading approaches that will correct your child's reading problems.
Remember that parents and caregivers spend great amounts of time with their children and, therefore, can have a tremendous impact on how their children learn. Don’t shy away from getting involved. You can help correct problems in reading. You can partner with your child’s teacher, school personnel and other professionals to help your child overcome reading difficulty. Use this website to help you get started on facilitating this valuable partnership.