Tag: reading comprehension

“I’m not a child!” How to get help for a teenager or adult you love who can’t read

Imagine for a moment that you can’t read or write; even at a basic level: How would you apply for, find or hold down work? If you found work, how could you review your employment contract? How would you communicate...

/ 24 April 2017

How to find out if your child has a reading problem (and how to choose the right treatment approach)

There’s so much nonsense out there about kids’ reading problems and treatments. Unfortunately, lots of education, technology, and health businesses cash in on parents’ concerns by selling them expensive products and services unsupported by research evidence. We get lots of...

/ 8 April 2017

Breaking the vicious cycle for older kids with reading problems: how to help

Older kids with reading problems get trapped in a vicious cycle: because these students don’t read well, they generally don’t read much. They miss out on countless opportunities for reading practice and for learning from what they have read (Anderson...

/ 13 March 2017

Is your child struggling to read? Here’s what works

On reflection, I’m incredibly lucky. Both my parents were teachers. Growing up, my house was full of chatter, stories and books. My early state school education in regional Victoria was long on “old school” phonics and short on fads. I learned...

/ 8 February 2017

24 practical ways to help school-aged children cope with language and reading problems at school and home

Too many school-age children struggle to understand instructions, express their thoughts and feelings, read and/or write. So what can parents and teachers do to help at home and at school? A. Knowledge is power: first, learn more about the child’s...

/ 9 November 2016

How to improve exam results: 9 free evidence-based DIY strategies

I can’t cook, read blueprints, or dress with style. But I’m good at exams. Not because I’m special or gifted. My “secret” is boring and simple: As a young adult, I learned how to study properly. For more than 100 years,...

/ 3 May 2016

Helping older students with their reading comprehension. What should we teach and how?

We know a lot about teaching reading comprehension skills to older children with language, reading and learning difficulties.  One of my favourite researchers, Dr Teresa Urkrainetz, has just published a wonderful article summarising the evidence. Here’s my summary of her...

/ 1 June 2015

5 resources you can use at home to help your child to read

Sitting on the train the other day, I noticed almost everyone in the carriage was reading. Not novels or magazines. But emails, news feeds, text messages, social media posts and websites. Even the guy singing along with his iPhone was...

/ 18 May 2015

6 strategies to improve your child’s reading comprehension and how to put them into practice

Reading experts are forever encouraging teachers and parents to teach students “a variety of strategies” to understand and to remember what they read. But what are these mysterious strategies? Most evidence-based comprehension strategies boil down to this: What can we do...

/ 9 March 2015