High school daughter with trouble reading and comprehending

Tinea - posted on 08/27/2017 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter just told me something that concerns me greatly. She said she doesn't like to read because its like she's reading words on a piece of paper and it doesn't make sense. Its almost like the words just float off the paper and they don't make sense. Does she have some sort of reading disability?

I asked her if when she's taking test does she understand the directions and she said she just takes a guess most of the time.

She is in the 11th grade and I remember them telling me last year that she was reading at a 7th grade level.

Can anyone direct me to some websites where I can get some Reading and Comprehension skills by grade level for her to practice.

I had subscribed to ED Helper in the past and really loved what they had to offer, but was wondering if there was anything like that for free.

Thank you for any suggestions that can help my daughter.

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Ev - posted on 08/27/2017

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You are not a horrid parent. My cousin was not diagnosed with dyslexia until she was a senior and it was way too late for her then because the school year was over just about. But at least she found out why she was having issues so that when she had kids she would be able to help them. I am not sure her two girls had issues but at least she had some knowledge to use for later on.

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Jackie - posted on 09/06/2017

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I just want to assure you that you are not a horrible parent. I am a special educator in California and I am wondering if there have been academic or reading concerns before this. Have you talked to the School Psychologist or an administrator at the school? If might be a good idea to request a meeting to discuss your concerns regarding your daughter’s reading difficulties. Sometimes, comprehension difficulties are language-based. So, you may also want to request that a Speech-Language Pathologist be included in any meetings as well. Any information that can be obtained to understand your daughter better would be helpful.

Tinea - posted on 08/27/2017

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Thank you I feel like a horrible mother, like I should have noticed this sooner. I feel like I have failed my child.

Michelle - posted on 08/27/2017

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I'm also wondering why this hasn't been addressed earlier.
Surely if she's only reading at a 7th grade level teachers would have noticed this before.
I would get her evaluated as she could have dyslexia or something else. If she does then no amount of workbooks are going to help her, she will need specialist help.

Ev - posted on 08/27/2017

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Actually the school should have helped you find resources for testing her and evaluating her for learning disabilities, level she is at in school in reading and comprehension and so on. Did she have issues long before this? If you noted this the year before why did you not ask the school for help then? Being in 11th grade is going to make it harder for her if she had any ambitions towards college but it can get her the help she needs to be evaluated now.

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