If your child is struggling with a learning disability, reading can feel like more of a chore than a rewarding experience. If they’re having difficulty with their comprehension or decoding skills, keeping pace with their class can be a challenge—that’s why St. Louis LDA is committed to providing your child with the educational coaching and reading support they need to thrive in the classroom.

Why Is My Child Having Difficulty Reading?

Many children who have learning disabilities associated with reading and writing experience difficulty with “decoding.” This is the process where readers determine which sounds correspond with specific letters, in turn helping them blend and read entire words. Children with reading-related learning disabilities can often struggle with the decoding process, leading to a more challenging time with complex reading strategies that are developed later.

While decoding might come naturally to some, children with dyslexia (a disability in the decoding process), can often find themselves forgetting their place on the page and losing meaning of the text if they’re spending a significant amount of time sounding out one word.

Early Intervention: Taking Action

Identifying reading-related learning problems at an early stage is critical—the earlier you get your child enrolled in a reading program, the more likely they will be able to develop the skills needed to be proficient readers. St. Louis LDA’s tutoring services are designed to provide solutions that help struggling readers flourish. There are several critical reasons behind early intervention for your child’s learning disability. We’ve listed specific statistics below that shed light on why early support is so beneficial, and what steps you can take to make sure your child gets the support they need. All stats are courtesy of PBS.org, one the nation’s leading resources for children’s education:

  • Roughly 85% of children diagnosed with learning difficulties have a primary problem with reading and related language skills.
  • Most reading disabilities are neurodevelopmental in nature.
  • Many neurodevelopmental issues can be managed with proper and timely intervention.
  • Most children with reading disabilities can become proficient readers and can learn strategies for success in school.
  • When a child’s reading disability is identified early, that child is more likely to learn strategies that will raise his or her reading to grade level.

How to Get Your Child Involved with Reading

Painting any picture with such a broad brush can be problematic, but it’s safe to say there are some changes we can make as a society about how we treat reading as an activity. Children can lose interest quickly if there’s not an active effort to retain the joy of reading. How can you make sure your child remains engaged with reading?  Make it meaningful and as much of an event as possible. There are several days earmarked throughout the calendar year, including some coming up in the next few months that would be fun to celebrate.

  • National Library Lover’s Day, February 14th: The library is an under-utilized, precious resource that anyone can take advantage of. Whether you want to check out the next book in a series your child loves, do more research on a topic they’re interested in, or just hang out in a quiet place and read, the library is the perfect place.
  • Read Across America Day, March 1st: Letting your child know their reading is part of a broader movement can inspire them to go out and learn something new. For Read Across America Day, maybe try out a new book they’ve never read before—it’s the perfect time to broaden their horizons.
  • World Book Day, March 2nd: It’s impossible to know where you’re going, unless you know where you’ve been. For World Book Day, take the time to read about a subject you and your child are unfamiliar with—maybe even explore your own heritage! Whatever it is you read about, you’ll be learning together.
  • National Write Your Story Day, March 14th: One of the most important things we emphasize at St. Louis LDA is that every one of our students has value. It’s crucial that a child understands their own self-worth so they can gain the confidence needed to be successful, in or out of the classroom. What better way to express themselves then to write their story down? They don’t have to share it with anyone—all that matters is knowing their voice matters in this world.

Here at St. Louis LDA, we want to ensure reading is something your child will celebrate every day of the year. Our Certified Learning Specialists strive to give our students the skills they need to succeed in and out of the classroom, becoming more confident in their abilities and enthusiastic about their education. To find out more about our ongoing tutoring programs, summer sessions, or other services, contact us today!