Why Do Some Children Struggle With Reading?


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Some children may have difficulties reading due to a learning disability in reading comprehension, role models who may not read much or speak English, inexperience with the concept of reading and the absence of critical reading skills. The lack of authorities being able to pinpoint the true reason behind a child’s struggle to read also plays a large part.

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Learning disabilities make it hard for some children to transfer past knowledge to new knowledge. Memorization issues or the necessity to learn in an alternate way than what is provided in the classroom may play a part in a child's learning disability. Including kinesthetic or musical factors into the learning process can help.

Lack of literary role models in a child’s environment may set a child back when exposed to reading in a classroom setting. By encouraging parental involvement, schools and educators can make up for that disadvantage.

Phonics and comprehension are two critical reading skills, and a child struggles if phonetic awareness is not perfected. Audiotapes that concentrate on specific sounds and the blended sounds of certain letters are effective for phonetic education. Comprehension issues can be remedied by adapting the reading material into something more familiar for the child and by instructors stopping consistently throughout the reading to determine if each idea makes sense to the reader.

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