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7 Ways to Identify a Reading Problem

Updated: Sep 21, 2021

By Maggie Dail, M.A.

Does your child have trouble

1. recognizing words accurately? 2. reading a sentence smoothly? 3. spelling? 4. decoding words? 5. with below average language skills? 6. maintaining focus during reading time.

7. with a reading level is far below that of his overall intelligence.

(These are Learning Ally’s criteria for “dyslexia.” 1 in 5 of America’s school children has dyslexia. Hidden in Plain Sight white paper)

Generally, people go for a diagnosis of a learning problem. In a school setting, this leads to services. However, in a homeschool setting, having a diagnosis will not affect how much time you spend helping your child. Those who exhibit these behaviors will probably have:

1. A mixed dominance 2. Low auditory processing 3. Maybe other difficulties

At Unlocking Learning Potential, we assess children; review information parents give us, design an Individualized Neurodevelopmental Plan and provide Brain Training sessions (support for child and parent). Our INPs help stimulate the brain to establish one-side dominance, increase auditory processing and deal with other areas. Plus Family Academy Online offers other services to provide help for struggling readers /learners, including Scientific Learning’s Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant Plus. Once these areas have been resolved a diagnosis may no longer apply.

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