Reading Troubles

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Registered: 04-20-2012
Reading Troubles
Tue, 02-19-2013 - 12:57pm

My kiddo is having a really rough time learning how to read. None of my other kids ever had any issues with this so I'm at a loss on what to do. The teacher's answer seems to be "repeat Kindergarten" but I'd rather avoid that if possible. Help!

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Registered: 07-13-1999
Wed, 02-20-2013 - 11:50am

I could  have written your post 3 years ago.  My older two had no problems learning to read. I taught dd the spring before kindergarten because she asked, and ds  the summer before kindergarten because I realized it was better for him to go in knowing how to read.  Then came my youngest.  It was never suggested that he repeat kindergarten, but the teacher (a new one that didn't know my older two) was convinced we just weren't doing enough at home. Long story short, he has a learning disablity that was not diagnosed until 2nd grade.  He is dyslexic and has a phonological processing disorder which makes the traditional phonics based method  of learning to read impossible for him.  It is not a matter of just "working harder at home" as the kindergarten teacher suggested.  Now in third grade he is making progress but is not nearly up to grade level.  The good news is he is amazing at math and once you take the reading component out (his IEP requires math problems be read SLOWLY to him) he is getting 90's or better on all his math tests.

Before you consider repeating kindergarten, you need to consider why the teacher suggested that.  Is reading the only problem?  Is there a maturity issue or behavior issue?  Are there other academic issues?  It may be too early to test for learning disabilities.  Our first grade teacher explained to me that the results often come up inconclusive if they are tested too young.  Sometimes reading is just a matter of maturity and it all of a sudden clicks for them.  In our school I was told that if I had him tested through the school and it came up inconclusive I would have to wait 2 years to test again--so that is something to consider as well.  I suppose if you have the money you can pay for private testing and the school has to use those results.  You are the best judge of what is going on with your child.  I had suspected a language problem with ds long before he started school.  I talked to his doctor, when he was starting to talk and wasn't saying as much as his siblings.  I talked to his preschool teacher when he was struggling with learning the alphabet.  Everyone dismissed my concerns, but I wish I  had been more proactive when he was younger so that he could have gotten help sooner.

Good luck.