How to diagnose reading problems in children

Reading holds a big place in a child’s life. Especially, if they have parents who have read to them when they were really young. Oftentimes though, there are times when a child has difficulty reading, and it’s important that the parent recognizes this and finds them the help they need.

It is also important to point out that the younger the child is when the learning problem is noticed, the easier it is to correct it, and set the child off on a better path to learning.

There can be different reasons why a reading problem is present:

1. Poor vision plays a big role in reading problems in children. Which is why vision screenings are so important. If the child has problems with their eyes, it is diagnosed early, and glasses usually correct the problem.

2. Dyslexia could be an issue. Children with dyslexia often see the letters all mixed up in a word, and therefore, can’t read it correctly. They often get discouraged, and develop a low self esteem because of it. Dyslexia though often goes undiagnosed, especially if the parent has never come across anyone with this problem, it’s usually the last thing on their mind. It then becomes a problem unless a teacher or other parent who may know about it and brings it to the parent’s attention.

There are tutors who can work with the child, on a one on one basis, and teach them tricks to use in order to catch up to where they need to be for their age and/or grade level.

3. Other problems might present themselves as the culprit to the child’s reading difficulty:

A. Developmental Disorder, such as Autism.

B. ADHD, this often causes problems with reading, there are so many    factors and symptoms with this that, it often hinders their reading comprehension, and also makes them unable to focus on anything for too long.

There can be so many reasons why children have difficulty reading, but if parents sit down with their children and read to them, and also have their children read back to them, it helps the child with words they may not comprehend, and have a better understanding in what they read, and also help them retain what they read.

It’s important for a child, (once he/she learns to read) to read a short book, then tell the parent what the book was about, if they can do that, then their retention for what they’ve read is good.  It is also important, to let the child pick out what he/she is interested in reading. Oftentimes, if they are told what to read, their retention of what they’re reading is far less successful, than if allowed to read what they’re interested in.

However, this is not always possible in school, so parents and teachers must find ways to make reading less desired material, less of a chore, so that the child does retain most, if not all of what is read.

1 response to How to diagnose reading problems in children

  1. Hi

    You should add visual processing problems, which are not the same as visual issues because they occur in the transmission from the eyes to the brain. Problems like Scotopic Sensory Syndrome (Irlen Syndrome) cause children to see words and letters moving, bunching together or in other configurations on the page much like someone else might see an optical illusion. Colored overlays or lenses can help and in fact have helped children with reading problems worldwide. Visit for more. Thank you.

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