For many challenges in life it is beneficial to seek help early. The same is true for reading challenges. In their book, Parenting a Struggling Reader, Susan L. Hall and Louisa C. Moats state that it “takes four times as long to improve the skills of a struggling reader in fourth grade as it does to do so between mid-kindergarten and first grade. In other words, it takes two hours a day in fourth grade to have the same impact as thirty minutes a day in first grade.”
So the lesson is clear. If your child is struggling with learning to read, seek help early. Don’t know where to turn? Free help is available. The Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education funds Parent Technical Assistance Centers across the United States. Find yours here.
Getting help now may just save your struggling reader years of frustration and tears.