5.5 Reading Tips and Strategies for Parents
As described in List 5.1, reading challenges are common in children and teens with ADHD, particularly for the approximately 25 to 35 percent who have the coexisting learning disability of dyslexia. There are many ways to help your child strengthen reading skills and become a more proficient, motivated reader.
- Try to read to and with your child every day. It is very beneficial to read to your child even if he or she is fairly proficient readers. Doing so enables your child to enjoy books of interest with you of higher reading levels than he or she can read independently. Exposing your child to good literature and the various writing styles of several different authors does wonders for language and vocabulary development, building comprehension skills, and providing a model for your child of good writing.
- For independent reading, it is very important that your child find just-right books, which means books he or she can read without a struggle (with about 95 percent accuracy). The general rule of thumb for determining if a book is too hard or just right is no more than five words on the page that are too difficult for him or her to read or understand.
- Encourage your child to do independent reading with these easy-to-read books. Doing so builds confidence as well as reading fluency skills. These are the kinds of books that can be read and reread aloud (to you, younger siblings, or anyone who will listen).
- It is also fun to practice oral ...