Hi Everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Easter and your week has started great. Today, I want to talk more about children and reading. It could make a difference is your child’s life.
1. ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS – No Experience
The best way to instill an interest in reading is to READ to your child. You would be shocked at the number of parents I have talked with during my career who didn’t read to their child. Many parents have told me, “Oh yes, Little Johnny has many books at home. He has torn almost everyone of them apart!” After asking some more pertinent questions, I discover the parent isn’t taking time with the child to teach the basic skills needed and the child is Developmentally Delayed because of environmental factors. The child is delayed because of the lack of experience.
2. VISION AND HEARING SCREENING – If you feel there is a problem, Don’t Wait
The years between ages 3-5 are critical for reading growth in a child. Do know that children who are having difficulties with reading are usually not tested until the first grade. Parents, you can help. (Sometimes the cause may be a vision or hearing problem.)
1. Have the child’s vision and hearing checked. (I have had many students who were hindered during the 3-5 critical years because they had not been checked.) Many children are not screened until they enter a private school program or public school. If you feel your child is having difficulties, don’t wait. Be aware and look for the signs.
- squints or blinks often
- rubs his eyes when not sleepy
- has trouble naming objects
- avoids scribbling on paper
- has trouble following an object with his eyes
- more medical concerns are a wandering or crossed eye, drainage
Of course, ask your pediatrician. There could be other symptoms.
- not reacting to loud noises
- not responding to your voice
- making simple sounds that taper off
- pull or rubs on ear
- constantly irritable
- become inattentive
- does not understand directions
- often asks for television, radio, and other devices to be louder
- has a fever
- has ear pain
Again, it could be something else. Ask your doctor.
Parents, I encourage you to share your story if you have been through any of these situations. I feel it would benefit another parent or guardian.
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