Encouraging Your Child To Read

Between 20 and 25% of children entering primary school have difficulty understanding and using language which gives these children little chance of being able to learn to read and write easily.  In this National Year of Reading, the importance of being able to read effortlessly needs to be brought to everyone’s attention.  After all, reading for information forms the basis of all learning and knowledge throughout your entire life.


Benefits of reading:


  • Reading can open a child’s eyes to a world of experiences that are outside those that they are familiar with.
  • Reading is FUN.
  • Reading encourages the child to dream and imagine what it would be like to be in that environment or situation described in the book.
  • Reading forms the basis for all learning throughout the rest of your life.
  • Reading is a great way to spend a few hours on your bed on a rainy afternoon.


Tips to Encourage Reading:


  • It is never too early to start reading to your child.  From a very young age it is good to establish a night-time ritual where you read your child a book (or even two or three) every night.
  • Before the child can read, look at the pictures in the book together.  Talk about the pictures and what your child thinks might happen in the book.
  • Sharing books together encourages closeness and gives you both an opportunity for some quiet time through the day.
  • Limit time spent in front of the TV and on electronic devices.
  • Go shopping with your child or visit the library and let your child choose lots of different books.
  • Swap books with your friends.
  • For the beginner reader, read each page of the book three times, first the adult reads it alone, then you and your child read it together, then your child reads the page alone.  This is a great way to build your child’s confidence with reading.


Signs your child might need help with Reading:


  • A prep child avoids listening to stories, or doesn’t enjoy book sharing time.
  • A child about to enter school has trouble remembering the alphabet or identifying the separate letters (rather than being able to name the letters and know what they look like).
  • A child about to enter school can’t play ‘I Spy’, as they are unable to guess words that begin with a particular sound.
  • A child in early primary avoids reading at home or simply learns books by heart without reading the words.
  • A middle primary child has trouble remembering or summarising what they have read.
  • A middle primary child reads aloud haltingly and with effort, struggling to recognise the words on the page.


Help is available:


Contact your local speech pathologist or specialist reading clinic that can identify WHY your child is struggling to read.  Identifying the cause of the reading difficulties can be done through specific tests as part of an in-depth assessment, covering phonological awareness skills, visual perceptual skills and reading accuracy and comprehension skills.


Feel free to contact Tyquin Reading Clinic to discuss your child (33998028, www.tyquin.com.au, info@tyquin.com.au)