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Rewiring the brain: Is your child a struggling reader?

By Dina Halaseh , Family Flavours - Jan 09,2022 - Last updated at Jan 09,2022

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By Dina Halaseh
Educational Psychologist

Reading difficulties usually point to a child’s struggle with reading accuracy, speed and children. Some only struggle with speed, while others might struggle with all three. The severity or type of difficulties varies from one child to the other. 

It can be difficult for a parent to understand what is going on with their child if they can read accurately, but struggle to comprehend properly. 

Types of reading difficulties

In many cases, a child may struggle with: 

•   Slow reading speed

• Poor reading comprehension (aloud or silently)

• Word or letter reversal while reading

• Difficulty segmenting words and linking them to sounds or phonics

• Difficulty blending different sounds into word

•  Word omission while reading

Those diagnosed with a reading disorder read below their grade level even though their intelligence is at grade level and sometimes higher. So it is not the issue of being smart, but how the brain is wired.

Wiring the brain for reading

Learning to read and write requires the whole brain to rewire itself in a certain way. Many children tend to do that on their own, yet one in five students will struggle. That means, on average, we have over 1.5 billion people struggling with reading at this moment.

Children who are unable to rewire their brains to read need specific interventions and brain training to rewire their brains to read, write and comprehend at grade level.

Each child is different and thus is evaluated individually to assess and diagnose reading disorders or struggles. We can then determine whether low intelligence, educational gaps, missed opportunities or cultural differences and language barriers cause these struggles.

Reprinted with permission from Family Flavours magazine

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