Word fluency is an essential component of reading for any learner, but it can prove especially challenging for kids with learning differences. As readers become frustrated with their fluency, you might notice that their motivation to read starts to wane. Fortunately, there are several tools for parents of kids with learning disorders. With the aid of these exercises, your young reader can gain significant confidence and ability with word fluency.
One of the best ways to improve reading fluency is also the most simple. Choose a passage for the child you're working with to read repeatedly. The first passage should not be very difficult. In order to build confidence, it's wise to start the exercise using a passage with which the child is familiar. After successfully reading this passage repeatedly, go ahead and increase the difficulty of the exercise by selecting a more challenging passage for the child to read.
Among the most helpful dyslexia exercises is paired reading. In this exercise, you read aloud with the child. You can read in tandem with the child for as long as necessary. When your young reader feels ready to go it alone, stop reading and just listen. If the child begins to struggle with a word or sound, you are right there to step in and offer assistance. Much like with repetition, you can begin with an easy book or passage and increase difficulty at your own discretion.
With chorus or theater reading, you encourage a group of readers to read the same passage aloud together. This helps anyone with a learning difference to hear the correct pronunciation from other children. Not only does chorus reading help kids learn from one another and improve fluency, but it also takes off the pressure your young reader may feel when asked to read alone or with a single adult.
Reading fluency, like any learning process, takes time and patience. With any reading exercise, the key is to meet the reader at his or her level and work from there. Asking a reader with a learning difference to begin at an advanced level can lead to frustration or embarrassment.
Help for Learning Differences
Neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to improve and change throughout a person’s lifetime, is fundamental to the Brain Balance Program. Our drug-free, integrated approach brings parents and kids together to achieve a common goal of improving a child’s processing and learning ability, leading to a more successful academic and personal life.
If your child struggles with learning or has been diagnosed with a Learning Disorder, contact us online or find a center near you to learn more about how the Brain Balance Program can help.
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