These tips can reduce their stress and increase self-confidence:
Don’t force your child to read aloud to you. You might convey your own anxiety about his poor reading skills.
Don’t insist your child read grade-level material. He will enjoy reading more if he reads what he likes to read.
Be an example by keeping reading material around.
Don’t read homework instructions to your child. If she doesn’t understand them, encourage her to reread them.
If needed, record yourself reading the instructions aloud and let your child listen while reading them herself.
Obtain audio versions of books your child can listen to while reading the material.
Don’t unintentionally “label” your child as a poor reader. Don’t let her overhear you talking about her reading problems.
If problems persist, ask the school to evaluate your child for a reading disability.
Be patient and supportive. Without undue pressure, your child can grow to learn to love reading.
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