Reluctant readers are frustrating for parents and teachers alike.
The good news is that if your child is an unwilling reader, there are steps that you can take to help him.
If your child doesn't like to read, it is important to get involved early, as reading skills are formed when a child is young and increase as he gets older.
The sooner you address the issues that cause your child to be a reluctant reader, the better!Photo courtesy of Pratham Books
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Why is My Child a Reluctant Reader?
That's a question many parents ask themselves—especially if they are avid readers themselves! So why does a child avoid reading? There is no one answer, but your child:
- Could be intelligent but not able to read well. In this case, you will need to help her with reading skills. She has the ability but has not mastered the skills yet.
- May have a learning disability. In this case, it is helpful to get a professional diagnosis, so that you will know how to approach the issue. Many children have learning disabilities. They can be very intelligent, but they need to learn in a different way from other children. Knowing what you are dealing with, will help you understand how to help your child.
- May simply be falling behind his classmates because he doesn't read very often. This child may have the skills, but, because he is not reading regularly, his skills are rusty. In the case of reading, practice does improve skills.
- May read well but simply have little interest in doing so. This is often the case when you have a gifted child who is under-stimulated. He is not being challenged and so his reading activities are boring.
- May not have learned the basic reading skills that he needs to read well.
Parents Can Help Unwilling Readers
So what can you do to help your child? Depending on the reason that your child avoids reading, you can tailor your reading intervention for your child:
These suggestions should help you get started. You will think of others as you work with your child.
Perhaps the most important suggestion is that you be patient with your child. Reluctant readers are not any happier with their situation than you are—and it can be pretty frustrating for them, as well.
Spend a little time helping your child to learn reading skills and learn to love reading. The small amount of time spent each day will reward you (both) greatly!
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