Struggling Readers

Frustrated by battles over reading? Worried that things aren’t going to ever get better for your child?

We’ve been there. There is hope, and a solution we promise will help. Once we identify why reading has been a struggle, we can help you apply the right solution — quickly, and painlessly, instead of hours of tearful reading practice.

Have you seen either of these two common patterns?

1) Regular guessing with short, easy words

Have you seen your child read a word on one page and then not on the next? And is spelling practice a waste of time?

The reason is actually quite simple. Your child is trying to recognize whole words by sight, rather than decoding the letter patterns to sounds. That is because your child has a good visual memory and it seemed easier at first, just to memorise the few words in the early reader books. Now that there are thousands of words, it has got a lot harder.

It can work if the context is helpful, which is why you will see some long words being read fluently, while short words often get muddled up. The short words are easily interchanged, whereas a word ‘elephant’ is quite unique and fairly obvious if there is an elephant in the picture.

The solution to this is trainertext visual phonics (TVP). You can have a go with our free TVP resources. Or you can do a free trial of the Easyread System on our dm-ed.com site. We guarantee a good result in 60-90 short sessions.

2) Skipping words and struggling when tired

Have you found your child able to read big text and individual words, but then suddenly really struggling with a sentence of page of text? Or does your child read well on some days and then completely fail on others?

Almost certainly the reason is a weakness in your child’s eye tracking and convergence. It is not something that they test for in a standard eye examination, but it is critical for successful reading.

Luckily it is easy to fix, when you know how. Just check out the information here:

Other patterns

Maybe you have not seen any guessing or skipping. Have a look at the other seven potential causes of reading difficulty that we track. One of them will almost certainly fit – and if not, contact us for help.

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