Parents and educators that work with struggling readers are faced with many challenges such as helping the student stay at grade level and motivated, dealing with feelings of isolation and even bullying. However there is a growing amount of resources to help those dealing with learners with disabilities.
Here are just a few sources for the families of struggling readers that we think are worth a look:
Reading Rockets’ section on learning disabilities. The Reading Rockets project is guided by an advisory panel made up of leading researchers and experts in the field of reading and includes PBS television programs, online services, professional development opportunities, and a social community.
Reading Rocket’s sister site LD OnLine, is a leading website on learning disabilities for parents and educators.
Understood.org is also an excellent non-profit resource for learning and attention issues. We recommend accessing the myriad of articles they have discussing subjects such as what every parent needs to know about reading and text to speech, what it is and how it works.
It is also important seek out inspiration, and the Internet is a perfect place to do so. Students as well as parents will be encouraged when they see that they are not alone with their learning issues. Take this video about Ben, a determined boy with dyslexia and a wonderful story. His use of audio to read the Harry Potter series just goes to show how powerful bimodal learning can be for struggling readers.
Whether looking for resources, information or support, parents are encouraged to research on-line and reach out to the organizations that seem to be the best fit for both a child’s issues and the family’s own philosophy.
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