My child is struggling to read
My child is struggling to read. How do I help?
Dyslexia and ADHD
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) affects how people are able to focus on tasks, including reading. When you can’t focus, you can’t understand what you read. Around 1 in 10 people are affected by dyslexia, and around half of the people with ADHD also have a learning disability.
Dyslexia is a diagnosable learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading and writing. Common signs of dyslexia include slowness of reading and writing, confusing the order of letters in words, problems with spelling or struggling with planning and organizing.
Kids with dyslexia benefit from support and special techniques they can learn, including the use of phonics. The condition sometimes goes unnoticed by parents and teachers, and diagnosing it as early as possible can help dyslexic children get the help they need.
Lack of motivational and age appropriate learning material
Starting kids off with age appropriate learning material helps your child focus on understanding the material instead of just decoding the words. Poor reading comprehension can lower a child’s natural motivation for learning, and slow down their progress.
Understanding your child’s interests and offering reading materials related to those interests can supercharge your child’s motivation towards reading. Whether it’s cars, horses or popular tv shows, there’s plenty of reading material around to suit your child.
Learning games such as GraphoGame focus on building up children’s motivation by offering appropriate challenges for any skill level, and through achievements and fun activities, which can make all the difference in learning progress.
Spoken language disorders
Oral reading fluency is one of the factors that can affect a child’s ability to understand written text. Kids with an oral language deficit have a hard time using and understanding speech.
Being read to helps kids understand how words are pronounced, and reading aloud has been proven to improve our ability to remember information. GraphoGame is a perfect learning companion for kids with spoken language disorders because it combines written letters and words with spoken audio, allowing kids to quickly understand how words sound, make connections between the two, and speed up their natural learning process.
Executive Function Disorder (EFD)
Kids with EFD might have trouble managing their time, staying organized, and completing tasks. When it comes to reading, they might for example struggle to understand the structure or a timeline of a story.
Children with EFD can benefit from having a well organized learning schedule, and plenty of support material like lists and bullet points, and a repeatable structure in their reading material.
Problems with working memory
Having problems remembering what they’ve just read is common to kids with ADHD. Fortunately there are many ways in which you can help your child improve critical memory function which is critical to learning to read.
Studies have shown that there’s a positive correlation between relaxation training and improving your working memory. Simple breathing exercises, eating healthy foods and getting enough physical activity are also beneficial. You can find plenty of simple yet effective things you can experiment with your child.
Inherited learning difficulties associated with reading
Children with one or both parents with poor reading skills are more likely to have trouble learning to read. In these cases, following your child’s development closely, and if needed, getting expert help diagnosing a condition are definitely important. There are also tools that can help boost your child’s learning capabilities using scientifically proven strategies, motivational support and direct feedback.
GraphoGame helps kids learn to read
Based on decades of research into dyslexia and the use of phonics, GraphoGame offers a proven method used by over 3.8 million families all over the world to teach their children to become fluent readers.
The gamelike user interface of GraphoGame provides kids with a fun and highly effective way of learning to read, offering motivational support, instant feedback and challenges suited for all ages and abilities. GraphoGame’s dynamic level-design quickly adapts to the skill level of the student, delivering a playing experience that keeps kids motivated.
Priced affordably at just $2.99, GraphoGame allows parents to empower their children with powerful reading tools based on the same science used at expensive private schools.
GraphoGame is 100% ad free, safe for kids, and designed to support independent learning. This means parental participation is not required – although we encourage you take a look now and again and enjoy seeing firsthand how learning to read sparks enthusiasm and excitement in your child.