Reading Help for ChildrenIf you are searching for a way to provide reading help for children it is often difficult to know where to start.  As you would readily recognize, simply going over and over the same material endlessly does not really provide what your child needs, but rather it compounds the misery of their failure at reading, frustrating both children and parents.  Surely there has to be a better way to provide reading help the children that actually sees results?  There is, and I can show you exactly what you can do to start seeing improvement in your child!

 

Reading Help for Children Must Start at the Basics

 

The reason why so much of the remedial reading  available today is ineffective is because it starts at a level that is too advanced for a child struggling with learning difficulties.  If you have a child with a learning disability, then you will obviously be very keen to get that child reading well as soon as possible.  For this reason, parents and often teachers plunge into reading programs but completely overlook the basics of providing remedial help, which starts with basics such as the eyes.  You cannot build a strong house without a strong foundation, and you cannot provide long term reading help for children without addressing the basic issues and skills that are failing in the reading process.

 

You Need to Build on the Basics

 

This does not mean that we completely neglect words and sentences, because these are the building blocks of reading.  However, if we lay a firm foundation in the basic vision skills that child needs to learn to read, the actual process of deciphering words and sentences and ultimately reading effectively will become easier in the long term.

 

If we want to provide powerful help for children in their reading, we must start with the basics and then build on the basics as the child increases their ability to read.  However, in our eagerness to provide reading help for children, we most often jump to the second phase and overlook the basics but in fact lay the groundwork for future reading success.

 

 Start With Developing the Tools They Need to Read

 

So where do we start in providing effective help for your child that actually works?  As a behavioral optometrist for over 20 years, I believe that vision is a key skill that needs to be developed effectively in order for children to read well, and the success of our treatments really bears that out.  That’s why I have developed a program which trains the basic visual skills required in reading, and is an effective way of developing these skills to provide long-term reading help for kids that will yield academic success, usually in a short period of time.

 

Visual skills such as focusing, like ordination, visualization, eye tracking, sequencing, coding and a host of others can be developed quickly and effectively to provide the basis upon which you can build good reading skills.  I have proven in my own practice time and again that taking a short amount of time out from reading tutoring, and devoting it to the development of these essential visual skills, can yield long-term results in reading, writing and spelling.

 

If we develop these basic skills properly, the effectiveness of reading programs provided by teachers and parents are greatly increased.  Once again, the laying of a proper foundation provides support for the structure that is built upon it, and the right vision therapy can provide that foundation to ensure long-term reading success, because we are training the actual skills they use when they try to read!

 

So I would urge those of you who work with children with learning disabilities to not overlook the training of these basic visual skills, because these will fast track your efforts and ultimately yield far better results that slugging away at remedial reading.

 

Combining the right type of vision therapy with traditional reading help for children could be the formula for success in learning disabilities that you are looking for.

Real reading help for childrenIf you are the parent of a child with learning disabilities, reading help for children may seem like an enigma.  In fact, if doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results is a definition for insanity, then most reading programs for children may look like insanity to you!  If you are struggling for ways to help your child, you may be asking yourself, “Is there a better way?”

Standard Reading Help For Children

 

The most common way of providing reading help for kids is tutoring, which involves a dedicated teacher or tutor drilling the child over and over again in an attempt to break through and improve their learning disability.  There is no doubt that this method can work, but it is a long, painful and difficult way to provide help.  The question arises, is there a better way?

 

While I applaud and support the many dedicated tutors and reading teachers across the world who work hard to produce results with their kids, I also recognize that providing any type of reading help is a long and painful process.  As a behavioral optometrist, my calling is to make of this process easier, more palatable and more effective.

 

How Visual Development Provides Reading Help For Children

 

I am not an educator, and that is why I do not provide the standard reading help for children which tutors and teachers are so good at.  However, I have found a way which will make the methods offered by teachers and tutors more effective. There is no magic involved, but has to do with enhancing the visual development of a child with learning disabilities to help them produce their maximum potential when it comes to learning to read.

 

Vision is the dominant sense in the classroom, and it is also the basic sense is used when reading.  Therefore it makes sense that, if we can improve the visual skills of a child, we can provide real help for children with their reading, writing and spelling.  This makes the standard methods more powerful and easier to implement.

 

The great news is that this means relief for parents and teachers who pound away, day after day, week after week, month after month trying to help a child who is struggling improve their reading performance.  The answer is not to continuously do it over and over again expecting a different result: the answer is to try something new!

 

Reading Help From the Ground Up!

 

If standard reading methods are not breaking through, it is likely that the child has not developed some of the basic skills needed to do the tasks.  While these skills may develop slowly over time, it makes sense that training these basic visual skills will give them the tools they need to improve their reading ability far quicker than constant repetition.  The real question is, “What are these skills and how can we develop them rapidly?”

 

The development of certain basic visual skills are required to provide real reading help for children.  These visual skills include eye coordination, focus, eye movements, sequencing, visual memory, coding and a whole host of other skills.  Simple reading glasses or constant repetition may help some of these, but a child with learning disabilities will still be struggling if these are not developed quickly.

 

That is why I have developed a vision therapy program specifically targeting the development of these basic vision skills.  These can be enhanced by a number of exercises and games which directly target the skills that are required to lay the platform for real and sustainable reading help for children.

 

So if you want to help your child, the answer is not to do the same things over and over expecting a different result.  Take some time out to develop the necessary visual skills, and your child will improve more rapidly.  Targeted vision therapy can provide real reading help for children far more effectively than mind numbing repetition.

Reading Help for Children