Helping an ADHD child improve his reading requires systematic evaluation of skills conducted by his teacher and with the involvement of his parents. A collaborative effort must be put forth in order to help a child become a successful reader. Set up regular meetings with your child’s teacher to make sure that there is consistency in approach and to make sure that his needs are being met.
Knowledge before remediation is essential because no one size fits all. It is important to set goals based on observation of skills. Take note of where the problems seem to be.
Is your child having problems in any of the areas listed below?
Word attack and word analysis skills
Overall attention span
Does your child know the sounds of individual letters or letter combinations? Have him read aloud a list of familiar and unfamiliar words and listen to how he sounds them out. Once the areas of weakness are identified, then specific skills can be taught. (Individual tutoring in reading appears to be more effective than group instruction.)
If attention span is a big issue, make sure reasonable time limits are set for assessment and lessons so that your child will stay focused and not become frustrated. Short intervals will help with memory, retention, and frustration.
There is hope for the ADHD child! Many teachers are available after school for tutoring and your child can “buddy up” with other kids in his class and play fun reading games that directly address specific areas of weakness. The phonetic, “sound-it-out” method of reading remediation is one of the few methods that have been shown to help kids with reading problems. Be aware, patient, and committed and you will have a happy and successful reader at home and in the classroom.
Pam Myers received a BsEd in Education and her teaching credential from USC and was a 6th grade teacher for 13 years for the Ocean View School District in Huntington Beach, CA. She and Dr Bob met at USC and were married in 1971. Pam is the proud mother of two grown children, Lauren, who is a Special Education teacher in the La Habra School District and a son, Greg, who is a TV and Film editor. She retired from the public schools to raise her family and has continued to work with children and families through various activities including serving as a PTA president, working with OC Philharmonic Association to bring music education to children and is serving in the youth ministry at her church. Pam and Bob worked as a team on his radio shows and she provided management support in his private practice. Painting and live theater are her passions as well as the protection of children and animals.
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