Helping Your Child Overcome Reading Challenges
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When a child struggles with learning to read, it can feel overwhelming. What causes reading difficulties? How can parents support elementary-age kids on the road to a rich and rewarding literacy life? Drawing on her dual expertise as a literacy specialist and a psychotherapist, Diane Tracey takes a unique and holistic approach to supporting children's health and emotional well-being along with their reading skills. In this straightforward, knowledgeable guide, she explains exactly how the reading process works and what parents can do to foster their child’s literacy development every step of the way. Filled with checklists, fun activities to do with kids, and insightful stories, this compassionate resource gives parents the tools they need to help a struggling reader become an avid book lover.
Table of Contents
1. Help! I'm Overwhelmed!
2. The Foundations of Reading
3. The Parts of the Reading Process
4. How Can I Tell What’s Causing My Child’s Reading Difficulty?
5. What Should I Do If My Child Is Having Difficulty with Visual Processing?
6. What Should I Do If My Child Is Having Difficulty with Auditory Processing?
7. What Should I Do If My Child Is Having Difficulty with Phonics?
8. What Should I Do If My Child Is Having Difficulty with Vocabulary?
9. What Should I Do If My Child Is Having Difficulty with Reading Comprehension?
10. What Should I Do If My Child Is Having Difficulty with Attention and/or Motivation?
A Few Final Words: Putting It All Together
Appendix: Word Family and Sight Word Lists
Diane H. Tracey, EdD, is a retired Professor of Education at Kean University. She has written and presented widely on topics related to literacy achievement. Dr. Tracey has served as Secretary of the Literacy Research Association and on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Literacy Research, The Reading Teacher, the National Reading Conference Yearbook, and Education and Urban Society. Dr. Tracey is a recipient of Kean University’s Presidential Scholars Challenge Award. Prior to her work at the university level, she was an early childhood educator and a research assistant on a large, federally funded grant project studying children’s reading disabilities. She is currently a psychotherapist at the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, where she is training to become a psychoanalyst.
"I love this book. I'm not a teacher by trade, and I had no clue about how to help my daughter with reading. Dr. Tracey provides suggested books and engaging activities that make learning fun."--Lisa K., parent-