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5 Tips for Supporting Challenged Readers at Home


This is the featured image for a post about Supporting Challenged Readers at home. On the left, you can read the title of the blog post. On the right, there is a picture of a mother reading with her young daughter.

Parenting is full of challenges. Some of these challenges, such as homework, or supporting challenged readers, frequently turn into battles. For kids with reading difficulties, battles over homework and reading logs can be a particular problem. Parents often seek out my tutoring services because of the very unpleasant dynamic that has emerged when they try to help their children themselves or assist them in completing expected homework. I see so many children that are truly feeling defeated at younger and younger ages.

The problem for parents becomes: How can I help my child grow as a reader without causing them to become overwhelmed? How can I give them support without triggering a meltdown?

Hear directly from a college student diagnosed with dyslexia at age 8 in Season 1, Episode 7 of the Together in Literacy Podcast: Hope’s Journey.

Whether your child struggles with ADHD, dyslexia, or another neurodivergence, they work incredibly hard all day at school. They must hold themselves together and engage in activities they find very difficult and exhausting. One of the things they most need from parents and family is a soft place to land at the end of the day.

For more information about dyslexia, read Conquering Dyslexia: A Guide to Early Detection and Intervention for Teachers and Parents by Jan Hasbrouck Ph.D.


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