My 11yo 6th grader has historically tested slightly above average for reading ability. Comprehension and reading aloud are good to excellent. However, I have always known she has difficulties with sustained reading. She has vision problems (convergence insufficiency) which make reading a chore. There could be other reasons also. I'm planning to request LD testing for her soon.
So now she is being required to read more in order to succeed in school. Specifically in the content areas. Her memory is also not good, so she cannot fall back on remembering what she heard in class. She just took a reading assessment at Sylvan, and they identified issues with being able to skim / scan text for information. I see this with the homework - she doesn't know where to look for information to answer questions. Reading the whole chapter in the evening is too overwhelming.
One suggestion I have to consider is more vision therapy during the school year. She does not want to do it. I kinda don't blame her. But if it would make her work easier, it would be worth it. I almost want to cry for her since she is so tired of extra work.
Theoretically I could read her texts aloud to her, but I don't know where I'd find the time. And that would not solve the underlying problem.
Another thought that comes to mind is asking her to prepare written outlines of her texts, and study from those. But, again, more time, frustration, and tears.
Does anyone have any suggestions for a kid in this situation?
Edited by SKL, 19 October 2017 - 11:58 AM.