Reading difficulties in first graders
Tutoring children has always been my specialty; especially first graders. I enjoyed giving them the extra attention they needed so that they can succeed in school. One of my clients was a first grade boy that just couldn’t read. Reading does not develop naturally, and for many children, specific decoding, word recognition, and reading comprehension skills must be taught directly and systematically. But for these children, this will not be sufficient. I knew he was a bright kid, he just couldn’t read. He found it too difficult for him, and became frustrated that he was falling behind in class. This reading difficulty really took its toll on him and I needed to figure out another way to teach him to read.
Most children who don’t read early enough in their school career struggle through the rest of their education years, according to Reading Rockets, a website funded by the U.S. Department of Education. In fact, most first-graders who are poor readers continue to be poor readers for the rest of their lives. I bet no parent would want that for their child. Early detection really does save time and frustration. As soon as you notice complications in the child, you should investigate. Reading difficulties not only affect the child academic standing but social standing as well. He will feel inferior to his classmates watching them excel while he falls more and more behind.
One of the teachers insisted in looking into some programs that would help him, and she recommended Neurolinks as a good option. I did my research and sure enough, it turns out that Neurolinks is a Physio-Neuro therapy that helps children with their academic issues including reading difficulties as well as fluency and comprehension. They cater to a range of other issues including Dyslexia, visual tracking issues, ADHD, memory problems, social awkwardness, poor time management, clumsiness, inattentiveness and being easily overwhelmed. This 6 month program is based on mental and physical exercises that are to be done for approximately 6 months. As the child goes through the program it gets more difficult so that it can really challenge the child so the results are noticeable. Upon completion of the program (and even in midst,) I saw a drastic improvement in his reading and he was able to read on his own. Their convenient Brooklyn and Lakewood locations make it that much easier to complete the program!