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Hope for Struggling Readers

February 28,2016

Reading is a neurologically complex skill. So, it isn’t surprising that many children struggle with learning to read. What may be surprising, however, is just how many children struggle with reading.

Consider this:

  • 15-20% of all children have dyslexia (International Dyslexia Association)
  • 11% have attention disorders (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • 5-16% have sensory disorders (Sensory Disorder Foundation)
  • 10% struggle with the English language (US Department of Education: National Center for Educational Statistics)
  •  22% live below the poverty line (National Center for Children in Poverty)
  • And still other children have hearing loss and/or other intellectual/developmental disabilities.

All of these populations are likely to struggle with learning to read! Given the importance of reading for learning new skills, this situation is alarming. Fortunately, there is hope. The majority (90-95%) of children can learn to read if they are given the proper instruction. The trick is securing that instruction.

Fortunately, an excellent road map exists: the book, Parenting a Struggling Reader by Susan L. Hall & Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D., provides many tips to help parents find the resources they need to support their struggling readers. If your child is struggling with reading, check out this book. We think you and your struggling reader will be glad you did.