And while reading skills are now emphasized throughout middle and high school, a student might not get the special attention he needs unless someone recognizes that need.
A child is likely to be having reading difficulty if he:
- Doesn’t enjoy reading for information or pleasure.
- Avoids books or “can’t find” a book to read.
- Obviously can’t do the reading needed to deal successfully with life. For instance, reading signs and directions.
- Can’t retell a story in simple, straightforward terms.
- Gets upset or uncomfortable when reading is assigned for homework.
- Is painfully slow in getting reading assignments done.
- Is very hesitant when he reads aloud—frequently mispronouncing words and skipping or reading words out of order.
What do you do if your teen shows these signs? Talk to a teacher—probably his English teacher. Explain why you are concerned. Ask for the teacher’s advice, plus that of other teachers. Also ask whether there are any standardized test scores of your child’s reading ability.
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