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Helping Struggling Readers

Did you know that learning to read is a challenge for almost 40 percent of kids? The good news is that with early help, most reading problems can be prevented. The bad news is that nearly half of all parents who notice their child having trouble wait a year or more before getting help. Unfortunately, the older a child is, the more difficult it is to teach him or her to read. If a child can't read well by the end of third grade, odds are that he or she will never catch up. And the effects of falling behind and feeling like a failure can be devastating.

Early identification is crucial. If you suspect a problem, don't hesitate! Learn about reading difficulties, get your child assessed, find out what you can do to help your struggling reader, and don't give up!

Parent as Advocate

Parent as Advocate

Why you need to toughen up and stand up for your child.

Finding Help

Finding Help

Where to get extra help for your struggling reader.

Self-Esteem and Reading Difficulties

Self-Esteem and Reading Difficulties

What else suffers when kids struggle in school and what they can do to help themselves.

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Target the Problem!

Target the Problem!

Pinpoint the problem a struggling reader is having and discover ways to help.

Put Downs & Comebacks

Put Downs & Comebacks

Discover what a child's "put downs" may mean and what you can say to encourage a child to keep trying.

Experts Q&A

Experts Q&A

How to help young readers and writers reach their full potential, from nationally-known experts.

 

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Maria Salvadore
Maria Salvadore
"Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift." — Kate DiCamillo