14 Year Old Cannot Read

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.

Any suggestions?


Lesa - posted on 06/12/2011




I would also like to add that you need to get books that are at the level that your son is reading. If he can't read 5 words on a page then it is too difficult. He will get frustrated if he is reading books that are too hard. The book must be challenging but not so much that he loses comprehension. There are lots of free books on the New York Library website so that he can read online. I hope this helps.

Simonetta - posted on 06/12/2011




As a reading teacher, the three steps of reading are :listening to a fluent reader ie: you or someone else read something so they can understand; then, what we call "shared reading", which is what I think your son needs - that is you both read the same book and he follows along to either a cd or better yet, you read and then stop and ask questions for comprehension, and then keep up w/ the independent reading! You are absolutely right! independent reading does not help at at if they don't know what they are reading!!! Hope this helps! Good luck!

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Juan - posted on 05/13/2014




Please do not put your kids on drugs, pharmaco drugs makea worse. The specialist will tell is goo but no. Go to CCHR.org and find out for your self

Brooke - posted on 06/12/2011




My son is 15 and we have the same diagnosis. We found when working with the therapist my son had a verbal memory issues as well as the phonics. an example: in football when they would say the ball is "out of bounds" my son hears "out of bounce". He was also very sensitive to what others thought especially when it came to reading. about 4 years ago I discovered he too couldn't read. WE started going to the Barnes and Noble and buying books on subjects he enjoyed. They were way below the level which he should have been, but we would read them aloud. We would take turns each reading paragraphs out loud. When there was a word he wouldn't know we would write it on a dry erase board with the meaning and then make an example sentence using the word. These kids are visual learners. It is a lot of work and there isn't a lot of resources for kids with audio processing disorder. If you want to send me a message we can chat further. I know it isn't easy, I am in the same situation and want my son to grow up healthy and happy with the proper tools to get through life. Best of luck to you and your son.


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