Tips on how to tell that your child's reading is not up to scratch

Speaking to Azania Moseka, Angela Charalambous from The Workshop Reading Centre, said that there are signs that parents should look out for to test their child's reading ability.

She says if there are shortcomings, different interventions may be taken in order to curb this, and sometimes it is difficult to tell which approach to take.

Reading with your child is really, really important...Every now and then during the early reading process, throw little things in. For early readers, they often take cues from the picture or they have a great auditory memory where they will remember a story.

Angela Charalambous from The Workshop Reading Centre

Charalambous said parents also need to stay in touch with the teacher, just to make sure that the child is on track.

There are different brain pathways that parents need to look out for, she advises.

As reading is not a skill that comes naturally, children have to learn it and emphasises that learning to read is a process.

Initially, there is that reading code that we have. We have all these squiggles on a page and those are represented by sound, the sound needs to be put together or blended into words and the meaning needs to be assigned.

Angela Charalambous from The Workshop Reading Centre

If anything in the reading process is not working the way it can impact the child's ability learn to read. Here are some examples:

  • if the eyes are not moving efficiently across the screen or the page;
  • if as a parent you cannot distinguish from an auditory perspective between the differences in sound
  • if the child has a sensitivity to black and white paper

Brain scanning research has been an amazing tool in giving us an idea on what is happening in the reading brain.

Angela Charalambous from The Workshop Reading Centre

Areas of the brain that process information from the eyes, information from the ears, as well as the pathways that link those two areas, should be activated during proficient reading, she explains.

If reading does not happen the way it is supposed to, then a reading problem becomes a learning problem as reading is necessary for efficient learning to take place.

Charalambous said that children need to be able to decode information they read and also comprehend it.

Efficient decoding is really paramount to being able to retain information and comprehend that we are reading.

Angela Charalambous from The Workshop Reading Centre

Listen below to Angela Charalambous insightful interview with Azania Moseka:


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