ASK DR. JILLIAN – “My daughter’s reading challenges are causing issues at school.”

Raising Kids |

“My daughter struggles with reading and is already falling behind on assignments. How can her teacher, her mom and I help her through this?”

Taking a collaborative approach like you’re suggesting is definitely the way to go, rather than berating your son for having trouble keeping up. Here are 5 ways you can help your child get the space they need to do their work at their current pace, and learn new techniques to improve their reading ability:

  1. Ask the teacher for extra time to complete reading-based tests and assignments. She if they can provide books or assignments in advance so the child can start early and get the time they need.
  2. Teach word attack strategies such as breaking the word into syllables, reading the root word, paying special attention to prefixes and suffixes, etc.
  3. Have your child create a personal dictionary or word list to keep at their desk that includes high frequency sight words.
  4. Teach your child how to analyze literary works by searching for the Who, What, Where, Why, When and How.
  5. Read aloud to your child as they read the words to help them get used to how they sound and look together.

If you are still not seeing any improvement, there are specialized programs available to help your child improve their reading skills outside of school. If there isn’t anything in your community, try accessing online options, including reading-based games, to support their learning. Most importantly, be patient with your child and show them unconditional love through this challenge.