The impact our reading skills have on the rest of our life is amazing. There are the obvious benefits of reading, such as improved vocabulary, communication, and language skills, but there are so many other, sometimes unexpected, ways your reading skills impact your everyday life.
A study published in the Journal of Learning Disabilities found that “children with reading problems in first grade were significantly more likely to display poor task engagement, poor self-control, externalizing behavior problems, and internalizing behavior problems in third grade.” If your child struggles with reading, you’ve probably seen the signs when he or she refuses to read aloud or struggles with reading assignments, but some of his or her other attention and behavioral issues may be stemming from reading struggles, too.
When Kids Struggle With Reading, It Can Be Displayed In Unexpected Ways
Lack of impulse control
Difficulties summarizing a story
Struggling with word problems in math
Poor memorization and recall
Trouble learning another language
Strains to sound out words
Difficulty following instructions
Poor time tracking
Refusing to do homework
Trying to get out of going to school or even ditching/skipping classes
Reading struggles affect many academic areas and can cause a deficit in many of your child’s classes. When you address reading struggles directly, you’re giving your child the opportunity to succeed in so many other areas of his or her life. Beyond the academic achievements, you’ll give your child’s self-esteem and confidence a boost while instilling a life-long love of learning!
What’s the Solution?
Early intervention can make a huge impact for kids, but addressing the reading struggles at any point in a child’s life will be beneficial. Talk to your child’s teachers and doctor for help with diagnosing specific disorders and for suggestions on individualized next best steps. Choosing the right reading intervention for your child is an important choice, here are some factors to consider:
Determine how far behind your child really is. Does he or she just need a boost to get back on track, or is he/she reading years below grade level?
What support is he or she getting at school?
How much time do you have to the intervention? Many families choose tutoring as an option, without factoring in drive times, working appointments into already busy schedules, etc.
Is the intervention well-researched with documented results?
Fast ForWord Home is a research-based reading intervention software that addresses the root causes of reading issues to help struggling readers pay attention longer, process information faster, and comprehend what they're reading better. Most reading and learning programs, including tutoring, work around the underlying delays that cause reading difficulties. They are coping tools, band-aids that make temporary improvements while Fast ForWord Home makes permanent changes to the brain for fast, enduring results when used at least 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week.
Why So Many Families Choose Fast ForWord
Fast ForWord has been proven by extensive research to help children with auditory processing disorder (APD), reading difficulties, dyslexia, autism, attention deficits (ADD & ADHD), language difficulties or delays, and learning disabilities. Based on the principles of neuroplasticity, Fast ForWord is built on a three-part model to give kids a boost to help them become an expert learner and reader from home.
Meet Amanda Miller
Amanda Miller has dyslexia, was involved in a car accident that resulted in a severe concussion, and played Division 1 volleyball at Purdue University. She also used Fast ForWord’s reading intervention program and is the epitome of perseverance. In the video, her dad says, “She never let what she couldn’t do get in the way of what she could do.” Watch her story, today!