How to Help Your Child Read

So you’ve followed all of the suggestions. Your child doesn’t fit the mold. He/she still isn’t reading. What’s going on? Why is this happening? Is it dyslexia? Is there something else getting in the way of your child being able to read with ease and enjoy reading? These are common questions that have parents searching the internet and beyond for answers. The problem is that parents then become overwhelmed by possibilities and nothing is made clear. Yet shouldn’t the answers to how to help your child read be made clear? Don’t our kids deserve this?

Resources and tutoring companies tend to focus on ONE solution for ONE particular type of reading difficulty. You reach out to others and hear about the awesome program that worked for “Little Jimmy.” So you enroll your child in the same one… with no results! 🙁 Why?!? What’s different about your child? Why does your child continue to struggle so much with reading?

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Why is it that what works for one doesn’t work for all?

Your child is unique. The root of his/her struggle with reading is not the same as Little Jimmy’s. As parents, we’re encouraged to trust the system. This system tends to focus on traditional methods of teaching reading and continues to hammer these methods home. After all, these methods do work for a majority of children. However, when our children don’t respond and continue to struggle, they fall further and further behind, sometimes so much so that they move into specialized settings, programs, or classrooms.

When asking about how to help your child read, you get common answers such as, “You simply need to read more with your child.” or “Here are some worksheets to try.” This often leads to parents feeling guilty.

What if I told you it’s rarely, if ever, the parents’ fault. I know I’m going against the grain in saying this. After all, shouldn’t I tell you to just keep working on phonics or something? That you should just read more with your child every day? That it will click eventually?


The problem with only focusing on traditional methods when teaching a struggling reader to read

Statistically, one in five individuals continues to struggle with reading despite traditional reading intervention. Sadly, this means that 20% of our children get left behind in school. This takes a toll on our child’s self-esteem and self-confidence.

Parents, along with teachers, do everything they can to make this better. However, in my experience, there is a huge piece of this puzzle missing! It is learning to assess what the specific root of an individual’s struggle with reading is! From there, use a targeted approach specific to the child’s individual needs.

Here’s the thing. A struggle with reading has absolutely nothing to do with a child’s level of intelligence. In fact, people such as Jamie Oliver, Steven Spielberg, and Octavia Spencer struggled with reading in school and I could list many, many more!

The great news is that it doesn’t have to be difficult to work through! There’s a simple solution. It all starts with determining what’s at the root of your child’s reading difficulty.

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Learning about this the hard way

As a resource teacher, I’ve taught numerous individuals who have struggled with reading over the years. I, like most, believed it would just eventually click. After all, the traditional approaches work for most students!

So I started off by just reading more with kids. This worked for a few of them, but clearly something was missing as it didn’t work for everyone. This bothered me a lot! After all, as a teacher, I wanted to help all of my students, not just some of them.

However, it wasn’t until a couple of my own kids struggled with reading that I started researching and studying alternative approaches. It was when my own children struggled that I realized that absolutely no one is as passionate as a parent when it comes to their kids’ reading! It didn’t take long to see massive results, either. I remember my daughter in particular going from screaming in her attempts to not have to read each night to suddenly being able to read and enjoying it! This only following me learning about what was at the root of her particular reading difficulty.

Here’s the thing. For her, we could have worked on phonics all day and every day. That wouldn’t have been the right approach for her specific needs. I would still be listening to her scream each and every night about reading if traditional approaches were all that we focused on.

I can vouch for the fact that a struggle with reading sadly takes a toll on our child’s self-esteem as well! This is why it’s critical that we use the most effective approach specific to our child’s needs. This will provide the best results in a reasonable amount of time.

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How do we determine how to effectively help our child read?

If you’re looking for the most effective way for how to help your child read, you will first need to determine what is at the root of your child’s struggle with reading.

For example, let’s consider a visual impairment for a moment. Now this is one that most, if not all, of you will have already ruled out if you have a child who struggles with reading. However, as you can imagine, it is much more difficult to read with a visual impairment that isn’t being treated with prescription eyewear than it is to read with glasses that specifically target your child’s visual needs. Similarly, there are many other roots to a reading difficulty that only using traditional intervention approaches will not help .

This is why I wrote the eBook, Higher Level Reading. It was written specifically for parents of struggling young readers to help you determine what is at the root of your child’s difficulty with reading. Higher Level Reading breaks down 9 completely different roots of reading difficulties including what to look for in regards to each root.

As you work through the book, you will gain clarity. You will move from the question, “Why is my child struggling with reading?” to “Oh, this makes sense! I know our next steps to take!”

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Does this really work?

Dana purchased Higher Level Reading as a tutor. Here’s what she has to say:

“I purchased this eBook as a tutor. There are a few kids that I’ve worked with over the years that just didn’t seem to be progressing so I’m always looking for ways I can improve in my methods. This eBook really opened my eyes! Honestly, I had so many aha moments reading it. I strongly feel this is the knowledge I’ve been missing! It breaks the roots of reading difficulties down in an easy to understand manner. I’ve already implemented a couple of targeted strategies with some of my students. This is a book I will be referring to over and over again in my practice. I’m absolutely thrilled with my purchase and know I’ll be able to help many more children read because of it!

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Know what may be at the root of your child’s struggle with reading today! This eBook provides clarity to help you determine why your child may be struggling with reading. Is it dyslexia? Is it something else? You CAN take matters into your own hands and you DO have what it takes to help your child yourself!

The best part is that it won’t cost much either. Higher Level Reading is ONLY $17! IT’S SURE TO SAVE you TIME and MONEY as you help your child get on a successful reading path once and for all!

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You can easily purchase Higher Level Reading by clicking on the book’s image above! I look forward to helping you get your young reader on a reading path of success!

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  1. This is an awesome post and I love that you are sharing your tips with all of us. More and more kids are facing these learning disabilities and not all the educators have the time and resources to provide necessary help to these kids. These tips can help parents to determine if there is an issue with their child and then get them proper help.

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Nadia! I appreciate your comment. I love helping parents support their children with reading!:D

  2. Such a great post! I love learning about more creative ways to teach, drilling most of the time doesn’t work. It’s better to get creative and work with each child on their level.

    1. Thank you so much, Maria! Getting creative and looking beyond those traditional methods is definitely beneficial for all involved! 😀

  3. Interesting! I do believe that reading to kids from a very young age can help. There are a lot of strategies, but more often than not there’s a combination of things that will help. And every kid is different. (I’m a teacher too.)

    1. Yes, reading to kids from a very young age does help for sure, especially when it comes to building and expanding on vocabulary. I completely agree with you that there is often a combination of things happening and that every kid is different. I also recognize, through my own experiences, that a lot of things are frequently overlooked that could make the process a whole lot easier for both the children and those working with them.

  4. My child HATED reading. I spent a lot of time just reading to him and hoping it would take. Eventually it did and now he’s a second grader reading at a third grade level. There’s no one method!

  5. Great post. I used to be a tutor for Lindamood Bell and we worked with kids with severe reading and comprehension disabilities. There was a tried and true system that worked for pretty much every kid we encountered. But one of the important parts of our assessment was always medical history to find out what underlying disorders the child had to make sure we’re addressing the reading issues correctly. If you don’t know what’s beneath the surface, you really can do phonics all day every day and have no results.

    1. Exactly! Looking beneath the surface is so important not only for that child’s success, but also for protecting the child’s self-esteem and self-confidence!

  6. Reading is so important. Not all kids enjoy it but they can come to appreciate what Reading offers. Great post on how to identify problems and make reading enjoyable.

  7. I work in the education field. I think sometimes people forget learning is not a one size fits all. Very good information. Thank you

    1. Thank you, Lashunta! It certainly isn’t a one size fits all. Each child is unique with various strengths. Thank goodness we all aren’t the same. The world would be a boring place! 🙂

  8. As a Language Arts educator, I am happy that you are providing this service. So many people feel helpless when their child is struggling with reading.

  9. This is a wonderful post! You know I love reading and storytelling (that’s why I came up with BookBildr) and your tips can help lots of kids and parents to open up a whole new world of books.

  10. This is an awesome post. I have been thinking a lot about this and my daughter is only 1! I love reading to her and your tips will help me do my best with such an important skill for her! Thank you!

  11. Thank you Sherry for not only being a teacher, but a teacher who cares about all her students and all children’s reading ability. Thank you for sharing, wishing you continued success with your endeavors.Blessings.

  12. As a teacher, i see that alot. Talented students struggle to read but they are clever in other aspect. Thank you so much for the great post

  13. Great post! My oldest loves reading at 4.5 and I’m lucky I was able to find some great tools to foster that love. She is a regular book worm!

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