How do I know if my child needs a reading tutor?

tutor_reading_helpIf your child is struggling with reading, getting the help of a reading specialist or reading tutor quickly can save parents and students a lot of frustration. We strive to create good reading habits and foster a love of reading, but if a student is consistently having trouble, it may become an activity that they begin to avoid. Getting a tutor involved quickly can turn that situation around and make reading enjoyable for children and parents.

The following are some reading risk indicators organized by primary grade level:

  • A history of significant language delay or disorder
  • Limited exposure to oral or written language before beginning school
  • A native language other than English
  • A significant history of reading difficulties in close family members
  • Oral language difficulties (poor vocabulary, listening comprehension, or grammatical abilities for the child’s age)
Kindergarten-First Grade
All of the above plus the following;

  • Poor phonological/phonemic awareness (inability to rhyme, identify initial and final sounds of spoken words, or to blend and segment one-syllable spoken words)
  • Lack of familiarity with basic print concepts such as (1) print conveys meaning, (2) print is read left to right, and (3) words are separated by spaces.
  • Poor Knowledge of common letter-sound relationships.
  • Difficulty decoding unfamiliar words at the middle or end of first grade, especially as measured by reading of nonsense words such as zat.
Second and Third Grade
All of the above plus the following;

  • Ongoing difficulties with decoding of unfamiliar words
  • Slow, labored, non-fluent reading in grade-appropriate text
  • Poor reading comprehension
  • Poor spelling