Well-meaning family members, friends and even teachers may try to calm your worried about your child's reading (or math) challenges with one of the following statements:
- "She'll grow out of it." If your child is behind grade level in reading, the chances are she will not grow out of it, especially if she is already in or beyond 3rd grade. As we often say at Windy Row, up until 3rd grade children are learning to read; after that, they are reading to learn. If your child cannot read at grade level, she cannot learn at grade level.
- "He would be fine if he just paid more attention." If your child is beginning to show behavioral problems or is considered "borderline ADD," the cause could be a reading disability. Sitting in a room day after day with no idea of what is going on is very frustrating. Your child may not say, "I can't read and I'm bored," but you should look into the possibility.
- "She is a slow learner." The children who come to Windy Row show creativity, intelligence and the ability to understand everything that is said to them; but they can't put their ideas into writing and they can't read. Their reluctance to read or write or even admit to a reading problem may make them appear to have other issues, including slow processing speed and developmental delays.
- "Reading isn't his thing." Many children are slow to or never develop a love of reading--that's okay if they have reading skills. But if your child avoids reading aloud, can't read the same word twice in the same sentence, is unable to clearly write a simple note, and cannot retain the information he reads, he may have a reading challenge like dyslexia.
If your instincts as a parent tell you that these well-meaning excuses are masking a real problem, please info [at] windyrow.org (contact) Windy Row Learning Center. As a nonprofit, our first goal is to help children. We have financial aid available.