Most children learn to read by 7 years of age. However, children with reading disorders face difficulty reading or understanding written text. Reading disorders are not developmental. Moreover, they’re not associated with a low level of intelligence. A reading disorder can result from differences in the way a person’s brain identifies and processes written text. A reading disorder might manifest itself in various ways. A student may have challenges with letter sound correspondence, sound segmentation and blending; difficulty with reading comprehension i.e., processing and understanding the information; or difficulty with reading fluency i.e., difficulty reading using appropriate reading rate, pauses, or intonation.
Signs and Symptoms
• slowed reading, difficulty with reading aloud
• problems with saying words out loud with the proper intonation and reading expression
• poor spelling
• difficulty recognizing words, individual syllables or sounds
• difficulty remembering the information from the reading
• difficulty with answering questions about the reading passage
How Can We Help?
Speech and language therapy is the most effective treatment for reading disabilities. It helps to improve overall reading fluency, sound discrimination and blending, word discrimination, and understanding of the reading material. If your child or loved one has a reading disorder, we are here to help.