If 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.