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What works to help a struggling 11-year old reader, read better?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:54 PM on Jun. 21, 2008 in Tweens (9-12)

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  • you can rent this from your local library

    Hooked on Phonics

    Hooked on Phonics award-winning programs are fun and easy to use! Join the 2 million families that have turned to Hooked on Phonics today!

    Answer by vbruno at 10:02 PM on Jun. 21, 2008

  • Our library has a wonderful program that is for summer reading. They also offer teens listen and help younger children w thier reading. Something like that might boost her confidence? Good luck.

    Answer by Mimomof3boys at 10:43 PM on Jun. 21, 2008

  • It kinda depends what the problem is... reading MORE helps children to read better. You could rent Hooked on Phonics, play word games (like hangman, Cranium, etc), and play spelling games. Let your child pick out a magazine that you could subscribe to... even if it's a Nickelodeon or Video Game magazine, something that they're interested in could really help them read more/better. :)

    Answer by crazysocks830 at 11:47 PM on Jun. 21, 2008

  • when i was younger I had a really hard tome reading and hooked on phonics really worked for me it was actually kind of fun too! The games and stuff! Try that, do it with him and make reading fun

    Answer by kiansmom0423 at 2:07 PM on Jun. 22, 2008

  • Find something, anything he may want to read. Be is certain books, comics or a video game he can't play without reading. Praise him when he does and even offer rewards if you have to.

    Answer by Pauline3283 at 4:43 PM on Jun. 22, 2008

  • It actually isn't uncommon for kids that age, especially boys, to still struggle with reading. Encourage him to read but don't force it. Make his reading environment relaxing. The more stressed he feels the harder it is to concentrate. Help him get his hands on anything that he finds interesting. If something is especially difficult for him, read it to him while sitting together so he can follow along with you. And don't put arbitrary limits on what he reads. If it weren't for computer programs, video games, manga and subtitles on anime my son might not be reading today! lol

    Answer by jessradtke at 7:42 PM on Jun. 22, 2008

  • Does he show an interest in books at all? I agree with the Summer Reading programs that area libraries have. Let him go and pick out books, comic books, whatever will keep his interest up. There are also books with CDs that read along so he can follow along. I would also start thinking that maybe there is a learning issue involved? Have you talked with his teacher's about that? Or have his eyes checked?

    Answer by mommytoadam at 8:52 PM on Jun. 23, 2008

  • Like up to 1 in 5 of our children (including mine), your child probably has undiagnosed dyslexia. Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence.

    To read well, children with dyslexia need MSL (multi-sensory structured language) reading instruction, also variously called "science-based reading instruction," "research-based reading instruction," or "Orton-Gillingham-based reading instruction.

    Answer by EveryoneReading at 8:47 PM on Jun. 28, 2008

  • Following up on my last answer: See (non-profit Internat. Dyslexia Association);;102/5/1217 (American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on dyslexia); (now run by "Great Schools"); and (National Reading Panel frequently-asked questions).

    Answer by EveryoneReading at 8:54 PM on Jun. 28, 2008

  • Here, from the IDA website, are symptoms of dyslexia. If they fit your child, she needs a psychoeducational evaluation from a "school psychologist" (psychologist with specialty in K-12 issues) in private practice.
    The problems displayed by individuals with dyslexia involve difficulties in acquiring and using language--reading and writing letters in the wrong order is just one manifestation of dyslexia and does not occur in all cases. Other problems experienced by dyslexics include:

    Learning to speak [My note: articulation problems may exist]
    Organizing written and spoken language
    Learning letters and their sounds
    Memorizing number facts
    Learning a foreign language
    Correctly doing math operations

    Not all students who have difficulties with these skills are dyslexic. Formal testing is the only way to confirm a diagnosis o

    Answer by EveryoneReading at 9:01 PM on Jun. 28, 2008

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