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The Amazing Effects of Learning to Read & Helping the Child Who Struggles with Reading


“The image was riveting. Like an X on a treasure map, the orange-yellow spot on a series of MRI frames marked an area in the brain that was brimming with activity. We were witnessing the physiological impact of greater reading exposure in the brains of preschool children.”

So begins an article on the U. S. News & World Report site—The Lifesaving Power of Books.

Here are some of the results of a relatively recent survey:

Only 46 percent of parents say they read aloud every day with their children, and only 34 percent read for at least 15 minutes.

Only 15 percent of parents say their children were read to from birth, though 64 percent say reading aloud started by age 1.

Four in 10 parents say their children spend too much time watching TV, while a third say the same about the time kids spend on devices.

If you have children or know folks who do, I’d encourage you to go read the whole article; but, here’s one last excerpt:

“An array of consequences including obesity, academic failure, substance abuse, teen pregnancy and juvenile delinquency have been linked to a child’s literacy level and correlated with inadequate early exposure to books. These poor health outcomes fuel cycles of poverty, stymieing countless children while costing hundreds of billions of dollars a year…”

So, a conscientious parent reads aloud to their child—even in the womb.

But, what to do if a child is struggling to read—having difficulties learning such a life-enhancing skill?

I found a particular part of one of the sites of the Oxford University Press called OxfordOwl.

Here are their bullet points:

* When should I worry about my child’s reading?
* Is my child the only one struggling to read?
* Is my child a struggling or a reluctant reader?
* Why might my child be struggling?
* What should I do if I am worried?
* What do I do if I’m told not to be worried, but I still am?
* What extra help might my child receive?
* What will I be expected to do if my child is having extra help?

Top Tips
* Keep anxiety levels down
* Make time to share books
* Take turns to read
* Build confidence
* What to do when your child gets stuck
* Play with sounds
* Convince them they are not stupid!
* Avoid blame
* Read to your child
* Use technology

There’s lots more on that site to help parents

And, here’s a rather amazing little girl:


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