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Ways to Help

with Reading and Writing
    • Read to your child every day. Read textbooks, newspapers, encyclopedias and classics. Allow time for your child to ask questions.
    • Use the public library to obtain educational phonograph records.
    • Encourage your child to listen to specific educational programs on Channel 12. Talk about the show. Find books or encyclopedia articles on the same subject. Read aloud to your child if needed.
    • Do not urge him to read books that are too difficult. Do not discourage him from reading books that are too easy. Respect his wishes when he prefers not to read aloud.
    • Remind him to use his finger to point to each word or phrase as he reads. After a few months he may wish to point only to the beginning of each line.
    • When your child has trouble with a word in a paragraph, tell him the word. It’s better not to have him work at sounding out words because he may lose the meaning of the sentence.
    • Encourage him to say the letters or sounds in each word as he writes. The left hand should be placed on the upper left hand corner of the page, never in his lap or supporting his head.
    • Encourage him to use two hands when he writes. The left hand should be placed on the upper left hand corner of the page, never in his lap or supporting his head.
    • Help him learn to express anger and frustration. He will naturally have more frustration than the average child because of his reading problem. There are some excellent suggestions for parents in “Between Parent and Child” by Haim Ginot.
    • Support your child’s teacher. Even if you think the teacher is giving work that is too difficult or too easy, remind the child that he is his own best teacher and should figure out ways to help himself whenever possible.