Ashleigh - posted on 06/12/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )
My son is 14 years old. He attended a remedial school until the age of 12. He is now in a mainstream school.
He is on medication and has been diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder together with concentration issues.
I know he has a language problem and he does go to a speech and language therapist, who helps him with language, vocabulary and comprehension. I asked my son to read a novel to me while I followed the story. He read out loud to me. I wanted to gauge his reading ability. What I picked up is that he made up words or just did not know what the word or the meaning was. I do understand that silent reading is an important skill for learning purposes but what I picked up is that he could not read what was in front of him, he guessed words, made up words, did not recognise the words and just did not know what the meaning of the word was. We did look up in a dictionary the meaning of each word he struggled with. I know he needs to read to himself but he also needs to understand and know how to read. His fluency is not good. Is he understanding what he is reading? I feel his level is way below the normal standard. He admitted he cannot read and I should not tell anyone. I think he is embarrassed. I am very worried. I just wanted to find out if you had any good tips on how to encourage him or help him read as this will retard him in all his subjects at school. I was thinking of taking him to a Listener’s Library to have someone read to him while he followes in the book.