Health Tip: If Your Child Has Trouble Reading

How to spot a potential reading disability

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(HealthDay News) -- Reading disabilities can be identified even in very young children, and should be immediately evaluated by a professional.

The University of Michigan Health System lists these common warning signs of a reading disability:

  • In preschool, not knowing how to properly hold a book; recognizing the difference between letters and squiggles; not being able to recognize his own written name; extremely limited vocabulary.
  • In kindergarten, not recognizing the differences in sounds that make up words, or difficulty in naming familiar objects or colors.
  • In first and second grades, recognizing that reading is easier for classmates; avoiding reading; being at a significantly lower reading level than classmates; can't work through unfamiliar words.
  • In second and third grades, acts socially withdrawn; does not retain or comprehend reading material; guesses at unfamiliar words; problem behavior.

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