Recognize Early Signs of Trouble
For almost 40 percent of kids, learning to read is a challenge. So in addition to talking, reading, and writing with your child, families play another important role — being on the lookout for early signs of possible trouble.
Language or speech problems
Children who talk late, who say very few words, who have trouble pronouncing words, or who have difficulty expressing feelings verbally may have trouble learning to read.
Children who have difficulty hearing the individual sounds in words may have trouble understanding how those sounds connect with letters in written words.
Other warning signs
Kids who might have trouble learning to read also may show some of these early warning signs:
- Difficulty rhyming words
- Difficulty learning the alphabet, numbers, or days of the week
- Difficulty following multi-step directions
- Difficulty telling or re-telling a story
See also: Get Ready to Read! — a quick screening tool for parents and caregivers of four-year-olds